Two Children of the Mochida Family, with Their Parents, Awaiting Evacuation Bus

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    Original Caption: Hayward, California. Two children of the Mochida family who, with their parents, are awaiting evacuation bus. The youngster on the right holds a sandwich given her by one of a group of women who were present from a local church. The family unit is kept intact during evacuation and at War Relocation Authority centers where evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed for the duration.

    U.S. National Archives' Local Identifier: NWDNS-210-G-C155

    From: Series: Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, compiled 1942 – 1945 (Record Group 210)

    Created by: Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)

    Production Date: 05/08/1942

    Photographer: Lange, Dorothea, 1895-1965

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    Repository: Still Pictures Unit at the National Archives at College Park (College Park, MD)

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    1. pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) 58 months ago | reply

      From Matt O'Brien, "Photos of Dark Historical Event Emerge," Oakland Tribune (16 November 2006), online here:

      "I don't even remember the picture being taken," said Satsuki Ward, who was barely 10 years old when she and her family members were uprooted from their East Bay home in May 1942. "It was utter chaos."

      Ward, now a 76-year-old Fairfield resident, found out about Lange and her photographs of Japanese-American internment much later. The portrait of the Mochida family wearing identification tags around their necks made the pages of Newsweek magazine and other outlets, and helped expose a dark moment in American history.
      Miyuki Hirano of Sparks, Nev., another one of the surviving Mochida siblings, remembers seeing her face on that book's cover.

      But while they occasionally see reminders of their youth in print, it took many years for Mochida family members to be able to talk frankly about what happened to them, said Kayoko Ikuma, 69, of San Mateo, who was 4 when Lange took her photo.

      Ikuma said witnessing the treatment of America's Muslim population has made her try to share her experience more.

      Their parents avoided discussing the internment after the war. Their father, who had owned a successful flower-growing business in unincorporated Alameda County, returned from the camps unhappy, spent the rest of his life in domestic labor and took to drinking.

      The Lange photographs, and the Mochida children's more vivid memories of years spent in the Utah camp, is all they have left from that time.

    2. The U.S. National Archives 58 months ago | reply

      Pennylrichardsca, thanks for letting us know about this fascinating article about the Mochida family. This is definitely one of those haunting photographs of children where you wonder whatever happened to them. It's a sad story.

      You might be interested in checking out nearly 4,000 photographs taken by the War Relocation Authority of the Japanese American Internment during World War II that are available in our online catalog. We have a webpage that allows you to click on links for search topics within this group of photos:

      We hope to get those photos on Flickr at some point, too.

    3. rmcarrier1 51 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing these incredibly powerful photographs.

    4. The U.S. National Archives 50 months ago | reply

      You are welcome! This has been one of the more talked about photographs we've shared on the U.S. National Archives photostream. We recommend that you investigate earlier posts for the image which lead to more information about the young girls in the photograph.

      Jerry (U.S. National Archives)

    5. Dillan K 47 months ago | reply

      It is moving. They were beautiful children.

    6. onefamousdog 47 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called sad world, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. onefamousdog 47 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Natural Beauty of Children, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. onefamousdog 47 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Natural Children's Best Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. p_dude 47 months ago | reply

      Thank you sharing this photo

    10. ~Liss 47 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing these photos and the article about these children. The more research I do about my family during WWII the more I realize how much we are never taught in schools. It's a shame that I mention certain topics to young or old and they look at me with a blank stare. Photos like these will release many families from their silence I would hope.

    11. DJHuber 47 months ago | reply

      This photo touches me deeply.

    12. addie65 39 months ago | reply

      "Evacuation," "War relocation," at least it was not called. "Taking the Japs on a vacation."
      The euphomism that has always annoyed me the most in all of this is "Evacuees of Japanese decent." They were Americans, for pete's sake!

      I am confused by people calling this moving.
      I don't find this photo moving, I find it ugly, disgusting. These children are not going to the park, those tags are not so they will not get lost from their little classmates during an outing before snacktime.

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