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They Called us Enemy

Takei, George, 1937- Graphic Novel - 2019 Adult Graphic Novel / Takei, George, Adult Book / Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction / Biography / Takei, George 3 On Shelf 3 requests on 13 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Call Number: Adult Graphic Novel / Takei, George, Adult Book / Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction / Biography / Takei, George
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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. George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he 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. They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future. What is American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do?"--Provided by publisher.

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Powerful submitted by rmhawkins on July 30, 2020, 9:55am George Takei's family story is beautifully told here during the Japanese internment camps. I would also recommend seeing the recorded version of the play Allegiance (also written by George), if you are interested in this time period.

A Must-Read submitted by samanthar on August 19, 2020, 11:32am Winner of the Eisner 2020 Best Reality Based Work, They Called Us Enemy is a powerful graphic novel documenting actor, author, and activist George Takei’s youth spent in US Japanese internment camps during WWII. In 1942, George and his father, mother, little brother, and baby sister were forced out of their Los Angeles home and imprisoned in US military camps. This was done to about 120,000 people, on the singular basis of being of Japanese descent. I knew about the internment camps and discrimination against Japanese Americans that took place at the time, but Takei’s telling brings out the nuances of what life was like for a child living through this devastating time. It is shocking to think that this happened in America, and less than 80 years ago. It hits home how this could happen again all too easily. I enjoyed the story being told in a graphic novel format. It helped keep it from getting pulled down by the heaviness of the subject, and I found myself more readily engaged by a graphic novel than if this was a traditional nonfiction book. I think it’s important for everyone to know about this deplorable time in United States history, and George Takei’s book is an excellent way to learn about it.

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PUBLISHED
Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, [2019]
Year Published: 2019
Description: 204 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Language: English
Format: Graphic Novel

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781603094504
1603094504

ADDITIONAL CREDITS
Eisinger, Justin,
Scott, Steven (Comics author),
Becker, Harmony,

SUBJECTS
Takei, George, -- 1937-
Takei, George, -- 1937- -- Childhood and youth.
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
California -- History -- 1850-1950.
Historical comics.
Autobiographical comics.
Graphic novels.
Comics (Graphic works)