Tina Takemoto is Looking for Jiro.
Looking for Jiro is a short video by San Francisco-based performance artist and writer Tina Takemoto. Takemoto combines historic footage of military propaganda and men’s bodybuilding with her own campy performance in the role of Jiro Onuma, a queer Japanese American man who was imprisoned in a World War II Japanese internment camp in Utah.
A conversation with Tina Takemoto
Tina Takemoto’s Looking for Jiro is a research project and experimental performance video inspired by Jiro Onuma, a gay Issei (Japanese-born immigrant) that explores the hidden dimensions of queer sexuality for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.