Looking for Jiro, 2011, 6 min
Tina Takemoto, San Francisco, CA
Looking for Jiro is a queer meditation on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. At age 38, Jiro Onuma was imprisoned at Topaz concentration camp in Central Utah. He worked in the prison mess hall and liked muscular men. Jiro was also an avid fan of homoerotic male physique magazines. How did this dandy gay Issei bachelor from San Francisco survive the isolation, humiliation, and homophobia of imprisonment? This queer musical mash-up video features drag king performance, U.S. war propaganda footage, muscle building, and homoerotic bread making.