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They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

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A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon and America itself in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf, [2019]
ISBN: 9781603094504
1603094504
Call Number: TEEN 791.4502 TAKE
Characteristics: 204 p. : chiefly ill. ; 22 cm

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***** At SFPL, this is a Teen book, but I think many 5th and 6th graders would enjoy this. It would be a great companion read to White Bird by R.J. Palacio, which also is a graphic novel style book about WWII (through the lens of the Holocaust). This is an autobiographical graphic novel memoir of... Read More »

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon and America itself in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

A firsthand account of years behind the barbed wire of an American concentration camp during World War II.

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon and America itself in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

When your whole world literally turns against you, what can one person do?


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vesmirny
May 08, 2021

Tragically similar to the experiences so many Japanese-Canadians endured here during the same era, this book related Takei's family's difficult, courageous journey in the US.
Books like these help all of us better understand the sinister history and inhumane policies of our governments. They also demonstrate how easily power can be used to subjugate and oppress anyone unjustly, even citizens of our own country.
Especially at this challenging point, and following 4 years of rampant racism from the former U.S. President, it is important to read, digest and help make the changes that are necessary to ensure that discrimination and internment never happen again.
Should be required reading and discussion in all high school Social Studies 10 classes, in addition to the existing curricular content (Canada's internment of Japanese-Canadians).

CCPL_Teens Jan 26, 2021

George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy is one of the best graphic memoirs in recent years. It details his family’s imprisonment in two Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Takei was a child at the time and the book describes the horrifying treatment Japanese American families had to endure at the expense of the American government. The driving force behind this treatment was Executive Order 9066 which authorized civilian exclusion orders and the deportation of Japanese Americans from their homes to internment camps across the country. Japanese Americans were deemed enemies due largely to the War and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Executive Order 9066 denied them due process and was the by-product of American hysteria, fear, and racism. Rather than write an anti-American book, Takei takes a different approach describing how American democracy is a fragile guidepost. At times, it takes a nation to change the policies of its leaders and to recognize its past. This is a beautifully written book about coming to terms with one’s own experiences and teaching those experiences to others. It belongs in every high school history classroom across the country.

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Hoocat91
Dec 29, 2020

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IndyPL_TammieB Nov 24, 2020

This is an element of US history that little is taught about. Although most are aware that the internment happened, most have no idea of any of the details of the experience. As with any part of our history, those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it. This book helps us learn what really happened, why it happened, and how those involved were impacted by it. The book also moves into present day and shows what our country has done in response to the pain of the past and even how it has impacted current actions it has taken. A major theme of the book is based on the idea that “our democracy is participatory. Existentially it is dependent on people who cherish the shining, highest ideals of our democracy and actively engaging in the political process.”
This book is a great way to personalize events in history. The reader gets to know the Takei family and empathizes with their story. It also recognizes some of the amazing contributions of Mr. Takei as an activist and philanthropist, not just an actor.
This is a fun and easy read as a graphic novel, yet it is very thought provoking. It acts as a reminder of a shameful time in America's history, and at the same time is so terrifyingly relevant to today. It offers far too many parallels with the present day, cautioning us against how easy it is to turn a neighbor into an "other" into an enemy.

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jennthomas
Oct 30, 2020

This book is excellent because it gives a firsthand account of what is was like for a young boy and his family to be forced to live in the US Japanese detention camps during World War II. This can help young people think about what it was like, and to understand the importance of learning history.

JCLAnneG Aug 18, 2020

Such an amazing story from one of my favorite actors and activists. George Takai shows us what his childhood was like in the internment camps of the US, and how that shaped his life to become the strong activist he is today for equality and equity. The pictures are moving, and his narrative is strong. It bounces between present day and past, but seamlessly.

LoganLib_Phoebe Aug 16, 2020

George Takei's graphic novel memoir is well worth reading. Funny, poignant and tragic in equal measure, it tells the story of Japanese internment in the USA during the Second World War. It alternates between the perspectives of the child George and the adult George to provide context.

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Teddyrose1
Mar 20, 2020

I saw the play in the movie theatre. I look forward to reading it!

ArapahoeTina Mar 18, 2020

I learned so much from this story that was uniquely informative and personal. George Takei is a national treasure!

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lukasevansherman
Mar 17, 2020

The former "Star Trek" actor tells the story of how he and his family were interned during World War II. It's in graphic novel form, so it'd be an excellent introduction of the subject to children and teens. It's a gripping account of one of the most shameful incidents in our history. I'd also recommend the novel "Farewell to Manzanar" and the history of the internment, "Infamy."

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IndyPL_TammieB Nov 24, 2020

Many know George Takei as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu from the Star Trek series, but long before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard. In this graphic novel Takei shares his story of growing up in these internment camps, as well as the impact it had on his adult life.

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"Our democracy is participatory. Existentially it is dependent on people who cherish the shining, highest ideals of our democracy and actively engaging in the political process.”

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