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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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DogMomIrene
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This one‘s been on the TBR for a long time. While most of the story covers George Takei‘s childhood imprisoned in Japanese Interment camps during WWII, he also covers his adult thoughts about his childhood experience, including conversations with his father. He gives personal context to various historical moments when the US has tried to reconcile with this dark smear on our democracy.

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sakeriver
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I‘m admittedly incapable of being anything like objective about stories related to the Internment, so to some degree it‘s never a surprise when such stories make me cry. Well, this one did, too. But I think that the way the story is structured to show us Takei‘s experience through his childhood perspective, balanced by his adult narration, makes for a particularly potent experience.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Takei has my deep admiration for a recollection furnished with the facts and briefly lightened by the perspective of a young child, for his touching tribute to all his parents struggled with, protected him from and imparted as wisdom, for his unfailing optimism in humanity and faith in democracy, while in no way hesitating to clearly state the wrongs done to Japanese Americans by the American government during World War 2. Highly recommended read.

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Little George! Beautiful balance to the way these memories are recalled, you get moments of levity, bright spots in the dark thanks to the filter of childhood innocence.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Today's most evocative phrase: ..."dusty, peripheral remembrances."

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Robotswithpersonality
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Re: proclamations that led to the forced incarceration of Japanese-Americans in camps in America after attack on Pearl Harbor.
Just when you think the details of history can't get any shittier.

StaceGhost It‘s dispiriting to know how far we‘ve come, which is to say not far at all. 2mo
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erinhannahs
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They Called Us Enemy shares the story of a little boy named George Takei and his experiences while living in an internment camps.

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BarbaraJean
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This was my little October graphic novel/comic binge. They Called Us Enemy was moving & informative—reminded me of March. Mooncakes struck the right balance of delightfully cozy & October-y spooky. Chivalry was just fun (beautiful illuminated manuscript-style artwork). Two installments of Phoebe & Her Unicorn were a break from slogging through Smilla‘s Sense of Snow. Finally, Nightlights was light on story, but the artwork was absolutely gorgeous.

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peanutnine
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This was a powerful graphic memoir from George Takei, detailing his experience in Japanese internment camps during his childhood. He goes into great detail about this period of history and the discrimination that Japanese Americans endured, much of which is glossed over in history lessons. He draws parallels to similar events in recent years and hopes that shining a light on the mistakes of our past can help avoid repeating them in the future.

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Anya91
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SleepyDragon
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Well written. Incredible artwork. Heartbreaking yet inspiring. Bought this for my oldest, but I probably was just as moved as he was, even though I had already read Takei's biography written in the 1990s. I encourage everyone read this memoir, and others, that deal with this infamous, shameful chapter of US history.

#Alphabetgame #LetterT

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 6mo
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arlenefinnigan
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This is a brilliant, beautifully drawn graphic memoir. It powerfully illustrates the human cost of an unjust racist government policy, and why it's important to remember the lessons of that today.

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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 16: a nonfiction YA comic

Cortg I love this one 🥰 6mo
arlenefinnigan @Cortg been wanting to read this for ages! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm A great read, hope you‘ll like it. 6mo
arlenefinnigan @erzascarletbookgasm ta, I'm sure I will! 6mo
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AReedCollett
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Bookclubs and graphic novels. This month we covered the Japanese internment in USA during WWIII. It is very interesting that many were not aware of this happening until into thier adulthood. #rplbooksandbrews #arrcreads #rogersreads

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Anya91
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Reading on #comixology

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LibraryCin
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This was really good. The illustrations were simple, but I thought done very nicely. As such a young boy, along with his parents doing their best to protect him and his younger siblings, he often thought they were on an adventure. Sad how things start to repeat themselves; people just don‘t learn.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#pridebookrec #graphicnovel week
George Takei is a ground breaking, funny human. But his childhood was not idyllic.
Being Japanese in The US during the 40-50 (and even now) was horrifying. This graphic novel tells of him and his family's experience in US concentration camps and the pain that still resonates from that time.
An important read.

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Son gives this one a thumbs up! 👍🏾 I think I‘ll read it too. I didn‘t know Takei was an internment victim until recently, certainly not as a child during the heyday of Star Trek. I bet few knew it.

megnews It was very good. 11mo
Prairiegirl_reading It is really good!!! 11mo
TracyReadsBooks Loved this book. It‘s very, very good. 11mo
GingerAntics I recently learned that about Takei as well. It‘s truly heartbreaking what we‘ve done to people in the name of defending ourselves from otherness. 11mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Super delighted to read this graphic memoir again, this time for book group. The members of the group are not terribly familiar with graphic novels, but I hope they give it a chance. This story is worth reading and remembering. #bookspinbingo

britt_brooke This has been sitting on my shelf for months. I need to get to it! I introduced my IRL book club to graphic memoir last year with Hyperbole and a Half and it was well-received. They enjoyed experiencing a new-to-them format. Hope your group enjoys this one! (edited) 13mo
TheAromaofBooks I really need to read this one!! 13mo
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#12booksof2021

Finished the year off with an amazing graphic memoir about Takei‘s experiences growing up in the Japanese internment camps of WW2. A shameful period of American history told through the lens of a child: heartbreaking, but with glimmers of hope and buoyancy

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks great. 13mo
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Eggs
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A graphic novel (memoir) of George Takei‘s childhood in Japanese-American internment camps in WW2
#comicbookday #falltreasures @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

ChaoticMissAdventures This was so well done, and such an important read. 1y
kaysworld1 I have been trying to find this book my library doesn't have it and I can't afford to buy it just yet. 1y
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This incredibly moving and informative graphic memoir memorializes and shares actor and activist George Takei's experience as a child imprisoned with other Japanese-Americans within American concentration camps during World War II. Beautifully structured and illustrated, with clear relevance to similar injustices in America today, this is a must-read for fans of graphic nonfiction, especially the March trilogy.

TiredLibrarian Young George and your kitty have the same over-the-shoulder look. 😺 1y
SqueakyChu I loved this book! I‘ve been following George Takei on Twitter since I read it! 😃 1y
underground_bks @TiredLibrarian can‘t believe I didn‘t see that! Perfect! 1y
underground_bks @SqueakyChu he is such a interesting, funny, kind, and badass person! 1y
SqueakyChu @underground_bks I know! That‘s why I sill follow his tweets! 😊 1y
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What an incredible and important true story. George Takei and his family‘s experience in the Japanese internment camps during World War II in America. His parents were so resilient and helpful to others. He has done so much since then to advocate for immigrants poorly mistreated in America despite being citizens or those seeking asylum. The art was really well done, I just wish it was in color too! Very compelling read.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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This is the story of George Takei (yes, from Star Trek!) and his family‘s forced and unlawful imprisonment in one of American Concentration Camps, overall which held 120,000 Japanese Americans and was enforced by the US government, during WWII. All due to mass hysteria and racism ➡️ for the rest of my review, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3069112956

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Smrloomis
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“Justice grows out of a recognition of ourselves in each other...that my liberty depends on you being free, too...that history can‘t be a sword to justify injustice or a shield against progress...but must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.”

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Not the happiest of vacation reads, but this is a critical book of America history. Of a time we still do not talk enough about. It is a well laid out book, this expanded edition having many extras like photos of Takei's family copies of the orders that were sent around, maps, and a bit about how the graphic novel was compiled.
5⭐ this should be taught in American schools.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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An utterly insightful & engrossing graphic novel-memoir by actor, human rights activist & social justice advocate, George Takei. He recounts his childhood spent with his family imprisoned in ‘Japanese internment‘ camps during the WW2. An important read about part of American history, he even compared current events with his story at the end.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️So my first ever graphic novel was definitely one to remember. Such a strong memoir of a time I knew too little about. I felt shock, anger, and amazement. The lengths at which a government will go under the guise of securing a nation astounds me. Thank you @Sarahreadstoomuch for referencing it in your #lmpbc notes.

Sarahreadstoomuch ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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#2020Favorites #GraphicNovelEdition

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐They Called Us Enemy - George Takei's graphic memoir of his family's time in an internment camp.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The Cardboard Kingdom - Mid-grade about neighborhood kids learning to appreciate each other & solve problems.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Snow, Glass, Apple - dark retelling of the Snow White story.

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120,000 American Japanese have been relocated to interment camps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Actor/author/activist George Takei remembers his life at the camps and the impact it had on his whole life.
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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Soubhiville
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This may be the best graphic memoir I‘ve ever read. The illustrations and text fit together perfectly.

Japanese interment camps are a part of history many Americans don‘t learn about, which unfortunately makes it easier for history to repeat itself, like the current situation with children in camps in Texas.

I can‘t recommend this highly enough. It‘s the perfect blend of personal experience and history. All the stars.

erzascarletbookgasm Stacking 👍 2y
vivastory I've been meaning to read this one & after this review will definitely be moving up the TBR📚📚 2y
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Excuse me while I sob.

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rsteve388
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What a phenomenal graphic novel about George Takei's like in two internment Camps. Beautifully drawn and expertly narrated, this graphic novel is an important read for everyone. I should read more books about this time period.

Second book.for #NFN20

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rsteve388
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A non fiction graphic novel, what a haunting story so far. I love reading NF in November, thank you all.for joining me!

#NFN20

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rjsthumbelina
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An interesting story about having to move to internment camps during WW2 in the US. Told in a very approachable way, with intentionally understated pictures

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Prairiegirl_reading
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September wrap up. I got into a bad slump where I couldn‘t get into anything I tried! I managed to finish five books but the odd thing about September is that all five were five star reads for me! I don‘t think that has ever happened! Pride and Prejudice was so much fun-thank you @sprainedbrain and all #pemberlittens!

Also, if you haven‘t checked out They Called Us Enemy you might want to check it out. It‘s outstanding!

LiteraryinLawrence Between the 2 O‘Leary books, which would you recommend more? I have been thinking about trying one. Thanks! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @LiteraryinLititz I loved the switch because I loved the older character (Eileen) and it made me laugh out loud in public. Flat share is cute and sweet. I like the switch more but both are good rom-coms that hit the spot for me. 😄 2y
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VanChocStrawberry
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@Lovesbooks87 spoiled my students again!!! Super excited about all three of these titles! Thank you!!!!❤️❤️❤️

Lovesbooks87 Your welcome! I still have some more for you. Just was at the post office so I thought I would mail them your way! 2y
VanChocStrawberry I love that these add diversity to my library in multiple ways! I‘m actively growing my graphic novel and non fiction sections, plus looking to add a lot of authors of color. Thank you! 2y
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TheLudicReader
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A sobering graphic memoir that reaches back to George Takei's childhood in the post Pearl Harbour internment camps. I'd like to think we're better than that now, but not so much.

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TheLudicReader
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Book buying binge part two. Teacher Appreciation at Indigo. All for my class library.

MsMelissa Nice!! I was at Indigo today, too 😊 2y
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rachelm
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Required reading in a democracy, appropriate for ages ten and up.

Emilymdxn I just finished this one! So much I never knew about at all handled in a really perfect way. Incredible book 2y
rachelm @Emilymdxn absolutely! It is woefully under covered in history classes (as you find out most atrocities done by the us are as you get older 😫) 2y
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SkeletonKey
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We never f*cking learn.

Reading this graphic novel before a long weekend. I love George Takei and his story is extremely worthwhile.

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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.”

megnews So true. Very good book 2y
Sharpeipup @megnews Yes, it‘s one of the best I‘ve read this year. 2y
sprainedbrain What a great book. ❤️ 2y
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This graphic novel biography is fantastic. Well told story with expressive art that recounts George Takei‘s childhood experiences in a Japanese Internment Camp. We need to pay attention to history! #bbrc #growup #inspiredbyrealperson

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 2y
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