I'm getting choked up reading this 😖
Shame is a cruel thing. It should rest on the perpetrators... but they don‘t carry it the way the victims do.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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. ⬇️
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.
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?
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.
Taken at the Gaman exhibit about the Gila River camp in AZ.
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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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. ⬇️
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.
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
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.
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.
This showed up in my twitter feed while I was reading this book today... 😢
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.😢
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. 😢
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.
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.
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
#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!
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.