They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

Downloadable Graphic Novel - 2019
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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 a stunning graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government 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: [United States] : IDW Publishing, 2019
ISBN: 9781684067510
Branch Call Number: ECOMIC HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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A recounting of actor/activist George Takei's early childhood experience being imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II.

A beautifully heart-wrenching graphic-novel adaptation of actor and activist Takei's (Lions and Tigers and Bears, 2013, etc.) childhood experience of incarceration in a World War II camp for Japanese Americans.

A recounting of actor/activist George Takei's early childhood experience being imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II.

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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!

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."

Mar 01, 2020

George Takei, who famously played Sulu on Star Trek TOS, wrote this inspiring graphic memoir about growing up in the American internment camps where American citizens of Japanese ancestry were forcibly detained during the second world war. This is a book very much worth reading for anyone who wants to see a darker side of American history.

🇯🇵 A fine account of Takei's time as a detained US citizen of Japanese ancestry during WWII. The drawings are evocative of what the real scenes must have been like. I was familiar with the shameful roundups, but the story of people who refused to accept a loyalty oath, who were treated even worse than the general population, was new to me. There's additional material about Takei's career as a stage actor, very interesting, and his life after Star Trek. He quotes Adlai Stevenson as saying, "In America anyone can get to be President. That's the chance you take." Could Stevenson see into the future? Could be.

alburke47 Jan 13, 2020

For those who don't know, this is the story of George Takei (Mr Sulu of Star Trek fame, and champion of many causes), in which he recounts his time as a boy in the Japanese interment camps in WWII America. Told from three different perspectives in his life, majority is from his boyhood, in which he recounts what he believed to be a big (but strange) holiday. The second is from teen George, angry at his father for doing nothing to stand up to his captors (he could not have been more wrong). The third is from the George we all know today, who reflects on each of these stages of his life, and how it has impacted both him and his world views. The black and white graphics are very simple and appealing, and the story is told more matter-of-factly than judgementally, which I found most interesting.

If you have not read this book, I strongly suggest that you do.

Dec 12, 2019

Noticed that the book is printed in Canada!
I learned about a military unit that I never heard about. I'm more familiar with the Japanese-Canadian redress efforts that happened around the same time the US government was doing its part in the late 1980s.
Canada has its own internment camps for the same war. Also during the First World War, Slavic peoples were interned in Ontario. Never learned about that in my Canadian history class in grade 10.

debwalker Dec 06, 2019

Takei (Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek) on the Japanese-American experience during WW2.

JCLLizW Dec 03, 2019

In this emotional graphic memoir, Takei shares what it was like to experience forced relocation as a child and how internment affected those around him. The mistreatment of Japanese-Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor is not typically discussed in detail in school; this book feels like Takei's effort to correct that. Takei discusses how the government's actions defied the Constitution, calls out judges and politicians who played part in the injustice, and examines the lasting effect it has had on people of Japanese ancestry in America. There were a handful of times that I got so upset I had to put the book down for a minute. I would highly recommend this book for anyone, but especially for high schools and book clubs.

Dec 01, 2019

The story of Takei's years in a U.S. concentration camp during WWII is nicely, simply and poignantly told from a child's point of view (he was only, I think, 4 when his family was incarcerated). Appropriate for children 10 and older, and adults. Everyone should read this (it takes only a couple of hours). The illustrations are awesome too.

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