Evacuation
Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, California, April 29, 1942, WRA
Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, California, April 29, 1942, WRA




Unlike her famous Depression era photograph of two hitchhikers walking toward a roadside billboard that said “Next Time Take the Train, Relax,” Lange’s photograph of a “Billboard at the edge of the Japanese quarter” is not the least bit ironic. In her caption, Lange wrote that she took the picture on the morning that 600 “persons of Japanese ancestry” were being evacuated to an assembly center. She does not refer to the evacuees as Japanese Americans. She does not say that they were residents of San Francisco. Nor does she appear critical of Union 886 for using the term “Japs.” The prejudice embodied in that word is mimicked in her use of the prescribed terms: “persons of Japanese ancestry.”




Clem Albers, Arcadia, California, April 5, 1942, WRA
Clem Albers, Arcadia, California, April 5, 1942, WRA

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