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Mimi JacobsTo commemorate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the US, the Archives of American Art has launched a focus honouring the legacy and influence of Japanese-American artists who were among the more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans incarcerated in internment camps in the US during the Second World War.

The multi-platform initiative—which is available through social media, weekly newsletters and the archives’ blog—includes poignant and rarely-seen documents related to artists such as Ruth Asawa and Miné Okubo.

The memorial “presented the opportunity to raise the visibility of these artists represented in our collection”, says Liza Kirwin, the interim director of the Archives of American Art.

The archives recently received private financial support for the digitisation of papers of under-represented artists and other overlooked parts of its archive.

Kirwin says the grant “has allowed us to renew our efforts to share this material with the public”.

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