Ugly Story From American History, Inspiring Stories Of Art, On View At Shofuso Japanese House And Garden

The Underground Railroad will always serve as America’s greatest example of ordinary citizens sticking their necks out to help those suffering under the crushing weight of the nation’s racist institutions. Another example can currently be found in a most unusual place, the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia during its new exhibition, “Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia.”

Organized by The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the exhibition celebrates the friendships and transcultural exchanges between Junzo Yoshimura (1908–1997, Japan), George Nakashima (1905-1990, US), Noémi Pernessin Raymond (1889-1980, France) and Antonin Raymond (1888–1976, Austria-Hungary), through their collaborative architectural projects.

Their brilliant artwork takes on added dimensions when their remarkable back stories are discovered.

The married Raymonds first visited Japan in 1919 to work for Frank Lloyd Wright on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. They subsequently set up their own architectural offices in Tokyo in 1922, where they would live and practice for the next 18 years.

Yoshimura started working for the Raymond’s architectural office in 1928 when he was still a student and continued to work with the Raymonds until 1941.

Nakashima started working at the Raymond’s firm in 1934 until his return to Seattle in 1941. Shortly after returning to the U.S., the Nakashima family was sent to the Minidoka internment camp in Hunt, Idaho.

Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, 120,000 people of Japanese descent living on America’s West Coast were sent to internment camps. They were American citizens, like Nakashima, his wife, also of Japanese descent, and their baby daughter.

In 1943, the Raymonds interceded and successfully vouched for the Nakashimas, thus allowing the family to take refuge at the Raymonds’ Farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania where they would eventually settle and set up Nakashima’s house, studio and workshop.  

George Nakashima and his wife, Marion Okajima, were both American citizens, both born in the United States. Both were college graduates with degrees from prestigious universities, George with an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in architecture from MIT, Marion a degree from UCLA – exceedingly rare for a woman in 1940s America. George Nakashima had traveled the world as an American citizen.

That didn’t matter.

Both had Japanese ancestry so they were rounded up by the U.S. government and their freedom was taken away. No crime was committed. No trial was held.

The Raymond’s, neither of whom were born in the United States, but both possessing the golden ticket to opportunity in American–being white–possessed the influence to free the American-born and

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‘Rebuild the greatest economy in American history’

House Republicans announced plans for governing with lower taxes and support for law enforcement if they are able to retake the House in the Nov. 3 election.

The GOP agenda included few details but a strong pledge from Republicans to steer clear of the far-left agenda they say House Democrats and their presidential nominee, Joe Biden, plan to follow.

Republicans called their agenda “Our Commitment to America,” and they said the plan’s objectives include restoring America to life before the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, and renewing the American dream.

They provided few details, although Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican and ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee, said the GOP would make the 2017 tax cuts permanent.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the GOP would work to create 10 million good-paying jobs.

“And we will ensure the safety and security of all communities and uphold the constitutional liberties of every single American,” the California Republican said. “Republicans will rebuild the greatest economy in history. We’ve done it once, and we’ll do it again.”

McCarthy said Republicans would work to ensure manufacturing shifts from China back to America, invest in school science and technology programs, and ensure that families have options for educating their children outside of the public system.

To win back the majority, House Republicans would need to pick up more than 20 seats now held by Democrats while winning all of their own competitive races.

Race analysts project House Republicans will not make any significant gains in November, however.

Republicans are working to distinguish themselves from Democrats in a bid to win over more moderate voters who may be turned off by the leftward swing of the Democratic Party.

Democrats, GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming said, “would defund our police, dismantle our freedom, destroy our history and abandon our founding values and every day.”

She added, “We are committing today to the United States of America that if you give us the chance, we will change that.”

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Trump says Caesar Rodney statue will be inside National Garden of American Heroes

A statue of Caesar Rodney will be added to the still-to-be-built National Garden of American Heroes, President Donald Trump said Thursday during a speech at the National Archives in Washington.

Curses, cheers as Caesar Rodney removed (obscenity warning)



The announcement came more than three months after the Rodney statue was removed from Wilmington’s Rodney Square.

That statue, however, will not be going to Washington. It is owned by the city.

“Today I am announcing a new name for inclusion,” Trump said. “One of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence was a patriot from Delaware… Caesar Rodney was called upon to break the tie even though he was suffering from very advanced cancer. He was deathly ill. Rodney rode 80 miles through the night, through a severe  thunderstorm from Dover to Philadelphia to cast his vote for independence.”

a person riding a horse: The statue of Caesar Rodney is hoisted from its pedestal on Rodney Square in Wilmington early Friday evening.

The statue of Caesar Rodney is hoisted from its pedestal on Rodney Square in Wilmington early Friday evening.

Rodney was likely not deathly ill during that trip, though he did suffer from a facial cancer. He died in 1784, eight years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

“For nearly a century a statue of one of Delaware’s most beloved citizens stood in Rodney Square, right in the heart of Wilmington,” Trump said. “But this past June, Caesar Rodney’s statue was ordered removed by the mayor and local politicians as part of a radical purge of America’s founding generation.”

The Rodney statue was removed on June 12 during a time when activists targeted historical statues of Confederate figures and American colonists for what they say are celebrations of slavery and racism. Statues came down either by protesters’ hands or government officials’ agreement.

Mayor Mike Purzycki said in June that the Rodney statue in Wilmington was “removed and stored so there can be an overdue discussion about the public display of historical figures and events.”

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In a statement provided to Delaware Online/The News Journal Thursday, Purzycki said: “The City did not remove the Caesar Rodney statue to discredit it, but to protect it. It is not damaged, but is in safekeeping. We will have a community discussion about public statues in our City in the near future and at some point, we will reach a consensus. It is unimaginable, with the challenges facing our country today, that the President of the United States is worried about how we choose to tell our story and preserve our history.”

Trump established the statue garden in a July 3 executive order. The garden is not expected to open until 2026 and is intended to be “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live,” Trump said

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White House to host ‘Made in America’ event as Trump, Biden battle for ‘buy American’ mantle

EXCLUSIVE: President Trump is expected to host the fourth “Made in America” event at the White House next month, featuring American-made products and American-based companies from all 50 states.

The event is set to take place at the White House on Monday, Oct. 5., and is part of the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” and “Made in America” efforts, according to the White House.


“Over the past four years, President Trump has taken unprecedented action to empower American workers, bring manufacturing jobs back to the country, increase the production of domestic-made goods, and energize the American economy,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told Fox News.

“The president looks forward to hosting incredible companies and their American-made products representing all 50 United States at the White House next month for what has become an annual event,” Deere added.

A White House official told Fox News that Lockheed Martin, based in Maryland, which participated in the event last year, will feature its products during this year’s showcase as well, while companies from 49 other states will be first-time participants.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the North Portico of the White House, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the North Portico of the White House, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Some of the companies expected to showcase their American-made products next month include Correct Craft, which will represent both Florida and North Carolina, Kan Jam from New York, Cruise Custom Flags from Kentucky, and Nautique Boat Company from Florida.

“Our team is thrilled to represent both Florida and North Carolina in the White House Made in America event,” Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin told Fox News. “We are a unique net exporter to dozens of countries around the world. Both our Nautique and Parker teams could not be more excited to show off our product at the White House!”

Meanwhile, a White House official touted the president’s efforts with regard to the economy, specifically his support for American-based companies and products over the last four years, telling Fox News that more than 6.7 million manufacturing jobs were created and more than 12,000 new factories opened under his administration.

The official doubled down, telling Fox News that the president has “delivered” on his “promises to help American workers, businesses and manufacturing,” citing the regulation cuts, the creation of Opportunity Zones to spur investments in what they called “forgotten” communities, ending or reworking trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA.


News of the event comes as Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden wrestle to own the “made in America” phrase in the 2020 presidential election.

While the president has touted the economy and bringing jobs back to the U.S. during his term, on the campaign trail the former vice president has attempted to highlight the economic losses the country has faced amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden in July announced his own “made in America” push —

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A Brief History of Tapestries in American Decor

The myriad details of restoring or furnishing a period house are enough to overwhelm even the most dedicated homeowner. Paint colors, wood finishes, floor covering, lighting fixtures; chosen wisely, these elements can combine to produce a satisfying authenticity. The selection of appropriate textiles can add a visual and textural dimension, a finishing touch of comfort and warmth. Tapestries, in particular, can be used effectively in almost any period home.

Tapestries have been important elements in American interior design both early and late. They were the height of fashion in the 17th and late 19th centuries, and maintained a more modest popularity during the intervening periods.

Early use in American decor

In the 17th century, colonists, as British citizens, were determined to be as refined in the Colonies as their countrymen in the Mother Country. The wealthy and socially conscious remained in vogue as much as time and distance allowed, importing English fashions and goods to the growing urban centers. European-made tapestries were often listed among the most valuable items in estate inventories of the wealthy. As either wall hangings or bed hangings, they were admired by visitors; during this period, the best bed, splendidly adorned with rich tapestry art, was found more often in the parlor than the bedroom or “chamber.”

From the early 18th century to the late 19th, rich fabrics, including tapestries, were used in parlors and “best rooms,” but less frequently on walls. The British artist Charles Eastlake, widely read in America in the mid-19th century, cautioned that wall tapestries may be at risk in homes in dirty, industrialized cities, where they lacked protection from soot, coal dust, and smoke, but their popularity persisted as furniture coverings.

A popular option for Americas wealthy

By the late 19th century, American industry had given rise to unprecedented wealth, held (and liberally spent) by families such as the Vanderbilts, Astors, and others. Perceiving themselves as the American aristocracy, they built both urban and country homes (the latter often referred to as “cottages’) modeled after European palaces and grand estates.

Tapestries were an important element in the decorative scheme of such grand houses as George Washington Vanderbilt’s Biltmore, the dining room of which featured two massive 16th century tapestries of Vulcan and Venus as the focal point. Like their Colonial counterparts, the 19th century American “royalty” sought to display their very new wealth even as they imitated the interior design fashions of centuries before.

The revival in tapestry art

In less luxurious homes, tapestries were literally off the wall, appearing more often as drapery or upholstery fabric, or as a decorative covering for a table, piano, or mantel. Portieres, lambrequins, and valences often used jacquard-woven tapestry fabric to enrich a decorative scheme, providing texture, color, and visual interest. William Morris and his cohorts in the Arts and Crafts movement re-introduced tapestry as both an art form and an element in interior design, and it was once again seen in homes on both sides of the Atlantic. The fashion was short-lived, however, …

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