Surviving Pearl Harbor
This chapter first describes a large canvas, titled Somebody Tore My Poster, that Kuniyoshi painted at the height of World War II in 1943. It then takes a closer look at the precarious wartime circumstances pertaining to his particular experience in order to better understand the motivating factors behind the self-conscious shift in his pictorial strategies, as manifested in Somebody and other post-Pearl Harbor imagery. As Kuniyoshi was forced to confront a host of conundrums, he would produce a series of public patriotic declarations in an attempt to counter heightened anti-Japanese feelings, to change the public's misinformed opinions of residents of Japanese descent, and to mitigate the negative impact of an identity crisis brought forth by Pearl Harbor and a world war with strong underpinnings in racial and ideological conflicts.
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