Superman, World War II, and Japanese-American experience

Superman makes an appearance in what looks (at first sight) like a Japanese print.

Roger Shimomura, Diary: December 12, 1941, 1980, acrylic on canvas, 127.6 x 152.4 cm (Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist, © Roger Shimomura). A conversation with Dr. Sarah Newman, James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Dr. Beth Harris.

This Seeing America video was made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.


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This work at The Smithsonian American Art Museum

Shimomura’s website

Cite this page as: Dr. Sarah Newman, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Dr. Beth Harris, "Superman, World War II, and Japanese-American experience," in Smarthistory, October 16, 2019, accessed March 28, 2020,