Camp Days 1942-1945 is a memoir in art by Chizuko Judy Sugita De Queiroz depicting her childhood experiences in the Poston, Arizona internment camp. It is a remarkable book in that the harshness of camp life is depicted in art that is so vibrant and colorful. One of my favorite images is that of the beautiful desert sky all awash in shades of yellow, orange, blue and purple, with desolate-looking barracks in the foreground.
The book’s introduction is written by George Takei (of Star Trek fame) who spent his childhood interned at Camp Rohwer, Arkansas. He writes: Chizuko’s art is a powerful narrative of a shameful event in our history. It is also an evocative personal chronicle of the survival of a loving and resilient family.
Chizuko Judy Sugita De Queiroz will be at the El Toro Branch Library on Friday October 26th at 2pm to talk about her book, her art, and her camp experiences. This program is free and open to the general public.
California Reads programs are made possible with support from Cal Humanities in partnership with California Center for the Book.