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They Called Us Enemy
They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.
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kyraleseberg
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I'm getting choked up reading this 😖

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BooksMcD
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Shame is a cruel thing. It should rest on the perpetrators... but they don‘t carry it the way the victims do.

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Came home from work to #bookmail so got to enjoy the last few minutes of a gorgeous day. Winter weather expected this weekend, but we haven‘t had much so that‘s okay.

Also thinking of this one for my #Booked2020 #liveandlearn prompt. Since I don‘t usually read graphic novels & this is a unique subject, I think it fits!

Soubhiville What a beautiful reading spot. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
tracey38 That looks like such a peaceful reading spot. 💜 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 So cozy!! And elevated like a tree house! 1w
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LiteraryinLititz
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To people who think graphic novels are light and/or just for kids, I would offer this book as a counter argument. This is a well crafted novel that fleshes out the experience of George Takei‘s family (and by extension 120,000 other people of Japanese ancestry) when they were interned by the US government during WWII. It briefly touches on his career and activism but the majority is focused on his childhood. Very well done.

starlight97 It's on my list! 🤩 2w
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sprainedbrain
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Graphic novels are not my go-to genre, but I‘ve never read a graphic memoir that I didn‘t enjoy. This one is no exception.

I love Takei for his social media presence and activism. His personal story of the US internment of Japanese Americans during WWII is powerful and very well presented in this format.

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Lindy
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As with many traumatic experiences, they were anguished by their memories and haunted by shame… for something that wasn‘t their fault. Shame is a cruel thing. It should rest on the perpetrators but they don‘t carry it the way the victims do.

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Lindy
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George Takei was a child in 1942 when the US government ordered that all Japanese Americans be sent to prison camps in the interior of the country. This gripping memoir in comics format shows that experience from both his small boy‘s perspective as well as looking back with the understanding of an adult. Takei learned about loyalty & integrity from his parents during these hard years and those that followed the war. #LGBTQ #GraphicNovel #StarTrek

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CoffeeK8
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A wonderful and heartbreaking story #lastbookoftheyear

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Lindy
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As I'm compiling brief reviews on my blog of my favourite books in December, I'm realizing that I didn't even mention some of these on Litsy. The tagged book, for example. During my limited screen time period while in the early stages of healing from concussion, I wasn't on Litsy very much.

Prairiegirl_reading Are you feeling better now? Also can you post the link to your blog? I don‘t think I knew you had a blog. 3w
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading Yes, I‘m feeling better, but I still have limits on how long I can engage in cognitive activities. You can find a link to my blog by going to my Litsy profile. 😊 3w
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CoffeeK8
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Christine Heartbreaking. Still awaiting my library hold of this one. 3w
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George Takei‘s graphic novel memoir does an excellent job at weighing through his feelings about being imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp.

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Karisa
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Powerful graphic novel about a horrible time in US history. It shifts between different events all from George Takei's point of view and centering around his family's time held in internment. He captures the complexity and injustice beautifully.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 (from my #tbr) #24b42020 (5 hours and counting)

Crimson613 16pts!! 12.27 3w
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jillrhudy
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This illustration is on the back cover of this graphic novel/memoir. I love it because it shows George‘s sweet family. The book jumps around a lot in time but is very good and quite compelling. #graphicnovel #racism #tenacity

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Eggs
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Graphic novel describing in depth the internment of Californian Japanese-American citizens during WW2

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George Takei's graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy, co-written by Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and featuring art by Harmony Becker, is an example of what graphic memoirs and novels can do. Takei's story, which largely focuses on his family's time in internment camps during World War II when Takei was a young boy, is powerful, moving, and thought provoking. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod The narrative scope is quite large, interweaving Takei's experiences in the past with more contemporary moments like his TED talk. ⠀
The artwork both communicates the memoir clearly and presents the past through a slightly blurred lens--as Takei writes, "Memory is a wily keeper of the past . . . usually dependable, but at times, deceptive." ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod As Takei grows older and begins to see past the experiences he had in the camp with his younger brother Henry, he comes to understand his parents' strength, the true consequences of the U.S. government's actions, and the power of activism to make a difference (even when that change comes slowly). ⬇️ 1mo
UnabridgedPod This novel would, I think, be powerful in a classroom--I'd love to have the chance to teach it--but I enjoyed it for my own reading experience. ⠀

Have you read any books about the Japanese internment camps that you'd recommend?
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MandaMT
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This book was beautiful. There were so many pages I could have snapped photos of for quotes, but frankly I was just too into it. Takei relates the story of his family‘s internment based on innocent childhood memories, then adds layers of context he gain as an adult. It‘s a painful story, but one we should hear.

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Honeybeegirl
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This was beautifully written and put together! It‘s a great real telling of what they don‘t talk about in history class.

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ErinC
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Really fascinating look at Takei‘s life as well as a general history of the Japanese internment camps of WWII. I‘ve read Farewell to Manzanar and knew some of this history but not enough. I wonder what parts of this era America will be ashamed about in 50+ years?

Laura317 Awful that American citizens were treated this way! I never knew about these camps until I was in my 30s. They did not teach this in my school. I was horrified. 1mo
Eggbeater I think I have some idea of what we'll be ashamed of... 1mo
ErinC @Eggbeater true. I do too. I just hope every American realizes it soon... 1mo
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This graphic novel/memoir really brought history to life for me. George Takei lived through internment as a child. The format chosen provides us with a stark contrast between a child‘s perspective of an adventure & the parents‘ anguish & worry.
It‘s evident where Mr. Takei‘s passion for social justice was born. I definitely recommend this for Trekkies & history fans alike.
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Taken at the Gaman exhibit about the Gila River camp in AZ.

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As someone who didn‘t find out about this part of our history until college (and yet lives in a state where the camps were located), I am still blown away by this time in our history. Yet also reminded that we are STILL LIVING THIS even today. This is a great graphic novel and reminder of our not-so-wonderful history in America.
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#WinterGames #MerryReaders #TBRRead

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Bookish_Gal Same! Such a great book! George making it in the eyes of a child made it come across easier to read - and I think share with others 1mo
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megnews
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Graphic memoir in a WWII Japanese internment camp from a child‘s point of view. Every history curriculum should include this book.

Book 297 11/30/19

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is Takei‘s remembrance of his childhood in the Japanese internment camps during WWII. But I especially like how he tells the story of life after the war, and about the government making financial reparations to those incarcerated people. I didn‘t know much about this history until I met my husband, whose mother was a child near Takei‘s age when she was in the camps with her family. Her family lost businesses and homes, like many others. ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage As you can imagine, she and her siblings didn‘t talk much about that time once they were adults. One of Mr B‘s cousins was born in the camps too. Seems funny, but the family also has a couple of recipes they made for many decades after being released, all based on camp recipes. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Posting here before reviewing on my blog b/c of #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick 2mo
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megnews
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Sweet for the innocence of a child. Yet sad.

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Addison_Reads
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I have read some amazing books this month thanks to @rsteve388 and @Clwojick hosting #NFNov. The book pictured is by far my favorite of the month though. Even if you are not a fan of graphic novels, you should still read this book. It will teach you things, it will break your heart, and it will give you hope that humanity can be better.

#GratefulReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

BarbaraTheBibliophage Just finished this today. I agree, it‘s just so good. And a history lesson we all need! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 2mo
Clwojick I love a good graphic! 1 pt. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Watching The Man in the High Castle and reading this. A lot of intensity, all at once!

#TIL that Takei was held in Arkansas, same as one place where my MIL‘s family was held. Ultimately her family was in three different camps.

#NFNov

Megabooks Wow. And we‘re doing it again. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks And so much worse this time ... 😰 2mo
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Aimeesue
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Because I just read Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do, and this was on Hoopla, and apparently I'm not done reading about war and the terrible effects war and politics and terror and uncertainty have on children.

TheBookAddict 😔 a tough topic to read about, but one that we must acknowledge, learn about, and not ignore. 2mo
Aimeesue @TheBookAddict Yes, so that we never again lock children up for things we make into "crimes" to make ourselves more comfortable with. Oh, wait. Oops, too late. 2mo
TheBookAddict 😔 right. 2mo
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Rounding up innocent people and putting them in internment camps is horrifying enough, but the way the incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII came about and was carried out was even more disturbing, and reached much deeper, than I realized. This was not covered in my history classes as a student, so I learned a lot and enjoyed the graphic memoir format. Although Takei's perspective felt overly optimistic at times, it was also encouraging.

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This book doesn't pull any punches. Normally, I try to stay away from #memoirs with co-authors and am hesitant to try #graphicmemoirs where the author isn't the illustrator, but this didn't suffer from the dilution. Engrossing read.

#internment #wwii #japaneseamerican

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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An absolutely fantastic graphic novel. I'm not usually a big fan of graphic novels but the illustrations really add so much here. From depictions of the scenery at the camps, to the emotional expressions on people's faces. I sometimes, disappointingly, forget about the time in our nation's history where we were forced thousands of Japanese-Americans into internments camps. It is a dark moment that we regret, but that we shouldn't forget.

Addison_Reads Great review. I read this one last week and was so impressed by the detail in the graphics. The story is so well done and it's important for us to remember so we don't repeat this terrible time in history where we locked up hardworking Americans simply because of their heritage. 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is so powerful and has so many poignant observations on the nature of democracy and I am so excited to begin working it into my curriculum! #readitinaday #graphicmemoir #teachersoflitsy

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I have a free first period so instead of grading, I‘m enjoying my coffee and reading this graphic memoir in hopes of being able to integrate it into the WWII unit for my 8th graders in the spring #teachersoflitsy #survivingnovember #teachcaffeinaterepear

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trueisa4letterword
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Somerville Public Library separates the adult #graphicnonfiction from the rest! Had a successful trip!

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@Riveted_Reader_Melissa your reviews made me read this one. 💚

Read this graphic novel. It is amazing! #mustread
It follows the true story of George Takei as his family, and so many others, are locked up simply because of their heritage.

#TIL The first camp these families went to had them living in horse stables. 😞 The way they were treated was wrong on so many levels. Like so much of our history, this never should have happened.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m so glad you learned lots too, it‘s so moving and more important than ever. 2mo
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George Takei did a great job with this graphic memoir. He manages to capture both the childhood innocence of his memories as well as the stresses and loss for his family, all wrapped up in the politics of WWII and the politicians of that day.

And sadly, it is much more relevant today than I‘m sure any of us would have ever guessed...which he touches on too at the end.

*Recommend if you enjoyed John Lewis‘s March trilogy

#NFNov
#Nonfiction2019

Addison_Reads I downloaded this from my library yesterday after seeing your posts. I can't wait to read it later today. 2mo
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So much of this falls directly under the “those that don‘t know their history are doomed to repeat it”. How long until the current migrant separations become history book content, and what might we do in the meantime as we once again sanitize our history.

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He did such a great job here showing how people and groups that are marginalized or abused can internalize that, and end up feeling like they somehow deserve it or were unworthy. Which is hard to explain, but so important when trying to discuss empathy and bullying issues.

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This showed up in my twitter feed while I was reading this book today... 😢

Karisa Litsy needs more reaction options than heart for this post. 😥😭😟😱 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa True of all social media platforms...sadly. 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai I felt horrible double tapping this. I came in here to say that. 👀 2mo
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This part made me tear up a bit today....both his childhood innocence juxtaposed with the children that we now know were separated with no way of reuniting them just upsets me to no end, because they knew exactly what the were doing when they separated them in 2018 with no way to reconnect them.😢

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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Sounds too familiar to me!

#NFNov
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Emilymdxn What an important book and it looks really well-dream too. My mum loves George Takei I might buy this for her 2mo
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I love George Takei...and this is such an important part of our history, that I firmly believe we are repeating, worse than before, separating kids from their families and adopting them out. 😢

jillrhudy Little George behind the door 😭 2mo
Karisa Is the book appropriate for middle schoolers or more geared to adults? 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I‘ll let you know when I finish it. It‘s rated as a Historical Memior by Goodreads, so I‘m anticipating a wide reading range like John Lewis‘s 2mo
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jewright I‘m interested in the age level question too. I can make recommendations to our school library. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa @jewright just finished, and I‘d say it‘s appropriate for all ages. Most of the story is told through his eyes as a small boy, and I think kids would really relate to that. There‘s a bit about his career at the end as it pertains to spreading awareness of this time in history, and that part..the history part would be best for older middle school kids, especially those who are studying WWII in history. I‘d stack it with John... 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ..Lewis‘s March trilogy or Anne Frank‘s story. And it falls somewhere in between with both his childhood innocent understanding of it at the time, and the more historical significance of it later on. I hope that helps. (edited) 2mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds wonderful! Thank you! I think I'll be looking to get a copy for my classroom. Important story and beautiful format. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa @jewright I posted a bunch of screen shots so you can both get an idea of the content too. 2mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Up next for me! I‘m looking forward to this Nonfiction graphic novel!

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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Takei presents his personal experience in Japanese American internment camps in WWII, interspersed with historical context and more recent political echoes. This book is going to earn a lot of comparisons to John Lewis‘s March trilogy, and with good reason. Both graphic novels bring complex American history to life via eyewitnesses in a way most students will find accessible and appealing. So, so good.

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Graphic memoir by George Takei about his family‘s internment during WWII, and in general about discrimination against Japanese-Americans during that time which is not really discussed or taught well in American history. Moving but also manages to be uplifting.

mrp27 Ohhh I want to read this one so bad. Glad to see it got a pick! 3mo
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Our democracy is a participatory democracy. Existentially, it‘s dependent on people who cherish the shining, highest ideals of our democracy and actively engage in the political process.

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I love George Takei so much. This is an essential read for everyone. It‘s a depiction of the American camps of Japanese from the world war. From the eyes of a child, everything looks different. I love how he attributes learning about the democracy from his father. That “our democracy is a participatory democracy”; which the definition is perfect, and has changed how I view our democracy

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Loved the art work and the information. I found the writing to be clumsy.

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Nute
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#SelfImprovementSept - Book That Is Out of Your Comfort Zone: I suppose there is a book out there somewhere that fits this prompt, but we have not been introduced at this time. So I chose a TYPE of book that I have yet to read, Graphic Novels. They are well-loved here on Litsy, and I feel that I am missing out on a special kind of reading experience. That needs to be corrected!

Ruthiella I never know if I should read the text or look at the picture first. I have read a few but it isn‘t my medium I‘m afraid!🙁 Good luck! I would be particularly interested in the Takai book. It‘s a good reminder of America‘s shameful history. 4mo
LibrarianRyan Well if you are fast I‘ll probably choose another GN round when Suvata posts it. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 I like graphic novels! Give them a try sometime! ❤️😊 4mo
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Nute @Ruthiella I understand the dilemma of how to read....reading words first or looking at pictures first? I‘d like to become familiar with this type of reading experience because so many people really enjoy it, and I have seen some beautiful artwork from the pages of graphic novels! I‘m going to start with this book since it is an illustrated memoir it will probably be more like a regular reading experience. I‘m excited to try this genre!🙂 4mo
Nute @LibrarianRyan @OriginalCyn620 I sooo excited to try this genre! Thanks for the encouragement!🙂 4mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahh 4mo
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With clear, simple, & undeniably powerful prose, Takei‘s memoir describes the internment of his family & other Japanese Americans during WWII. The language used to justify their internment is heartbreaking, & heartbreakingly familiar, the ready willingness to vilify an entire people for what they might do or where they came from, horrifying. Juxtaposing those years with more recent events Takei shows there is much we have to learn from history.

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