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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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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) 2w
TheAromaofBooks I really need to read this one!! 2w
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sarahbellum
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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

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Andrew65 Looks great. 2w
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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underground_bks
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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. 😺 4mo
SqueakyChu I loved this book! I‘ve been following George Takei on Twitter since I read it! 😃 4mo
underground_bks @TiredLibrarian can‘t believe I didn‘t see that! Perfect! 4mo
underground_bks @SqueakyChu he is such a interesting, funny, kind, and badass person! 4mo
SqueakyChu @underground_bks I know! That‘s why I sill follow his tweets! 😊 4mo
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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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“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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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 ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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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 👍 13mo
vivastory I've been meaning to read this one & after this review will definitely be moving up the TBR📚📚 13mo
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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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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! 1y
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. 😄 1y
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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! 1y
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! 1y
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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 😊 1y
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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 1y
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 😫) 1y
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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 1y
Sharpeipup @megnews Yes, it‘s one of the best I‘ve read this year. 1y
sprainedbrain What a great book. ❤️ 1y
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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 😁👍🏻❤️ 1y
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claudiuo
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I am not much about social networks and on twitter I only follow a handful of people but George Takei is top of my list. So when I found out about this book, I had to read it. Started it early today and when done with work picked it up again and finished it a few minutes ago. Awesome piece of history (infamous but as he says in the book we need to learn our history so we don't repeat it), a bit of biography, a bit of hope for the future. Loved it!

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks With this read, I am one book away from having a bingo for July. Late to the party but still trying. Hope I'll be able to post my July #BookSpinBingo card next week with a bingo. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!!! Everyone has different things happening in life and everyone reads at a different pace, so you just have to pick the challenge level that works for you!! 1y
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Ellen_C
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Wonderful graphic novel/memoir of Takei‘s childhood experience in a Japanese internment camp. I thought I knew a bit about the camps, but he writes about things the US government did that I hadn‘t even known. Great for kids and older. https://cannonballread.com/2020/08/they-called-us-enemy-elcicco/

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DrTLovesBooks
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Wonderful book. Should be in every American history class from grade 6 up.

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audraelizabeth
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It shames me to know that we still havent gotten better about our treatment of people. Its also sad that we gloss over it in school or just dont teach it at all.
#readyoursign @Clwojick @Meaw_catlady read between 5 and 10 am.
#readharder graphic memoir
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TheAromaofBooks I've really good things about this one. 1y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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This was my first experience reading a book on graphic form and I really enjoyed it! George Takei has an amazing life story and I'm so glad that he helped make this graphic memoir a reality!

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Kdgordon88
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My #top6reads of 2020 so far. 5 of them I read from Litsy recommendations, buddy reads or challenges. Thanks Littens! You help keep my TBR strong and my reading full of wonderful and important stories. Love this community!

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KendallHershey
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Graphic novels are a newer genre for me! This is only my fourth read (Persepolis 1 and 2, Frida Kahlo biography, and Handmaids Tale) but I really enjoyed the format and the content! What an incredible story from George. Do you have any other graphic novel recommendations for me?

Scochrane26 I don‘t read many GNs either, but I loved Nimona. It‘s by the creator of the new She-ra tv series. 2y
KendallHershey @Scochrane26 thank you! Added to my to read. A few others on my goodreads also read and highly recommended. 2y
raeintheworld @KendallHershey Paper Girls: vibes like Goonies, but all girls with aliens and time travel. 2y
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KendallHershey @raeintheworld yesss I see that everywhere and it looks so fun! Okay added to TBR. 2y
Michollio Lumberjanes, Backstagers, and Giant Days are my favorite 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Lumberjanes and I Hate Fairyland are fun. Maus is about the Holocaust but it's great! 2y
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Such an amazing and gut-wrenching graphic novel about George Takei‘s childhood in the U.S. WWII Japanese internment camps. The art is perfect and I love both his childlike view of what was happening as well as the interludes from his grown self looking back. His parents were strong, amazing people taking care of their family during a horrific and shameful period of American history. This book brings it all to life, and into the light.

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A powerful and moving graphic memoir of George Takei‘s childhood years in the internment camps during World War II. A man to be admired...

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This past weekend I read an article about the whitewashing of American history where they found textbooks in different states that described slavery as a “happy way of life” and that they were “treated like family.” Books like this become invaluable as a link to the truth of our past as a country. George Takei does a great job of showing what happened to his family when they were relocated to the Japanese internment camps during WW2. Pick!

BarbaraTheBibliophage My MIL and her family were in the camps when she was a little older than Takei. She really never wanted to talk about her experience there. So I commend George for telling the story so eloquently. 2y
Reggie @BarbaraTheBibliophage He says that in here, that a lot of older Japanese Americans didn‘t like to talk about what they experienced because they felt shame having been made to believe that somehow what happened to them was their fault. There is so much that George shines a light on in this book. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie There‘s so much of the Japanese culture in that reaction. She was 11 when they were forced out of their home, so she‘d hardly have thought it was her fault. But maybe her parents fault ... 2y
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BarbaraBB This sounds very interesting, it is a subject I didn‘t know much about but Googled my way into after reading 2y
ValerieAndBooks The former site of one of these camps was not far (few miles away) from where I grew up in California 😢. My parents mentioned it in passing a couple times but it was never discussed in my history classes in school. I hope it is now. People need to know. (edited) 2y
Suet624 In all my years I realize I‘ve only heard of this a few times and nor in great detail. I think Snow Falling on Cedars talks about it. How little Americans know of their sad and sordid history. 2y
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BekaReid
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Beautifully done graphic memoir! I found this to be a phenomenal book on every level. While I was taught about the Japanese internment as part (howbeit a very small part) of my history courses in school and was aware it happened, I definitely was lacking in knowledge of so many of the details. Takei deftly shares his story, how it shaped him, and how we must learn from it. An important, engaging read! And his parents deserve a lot of credit!

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I've been wanting to read this for ages. Only a few pages in, and the artwork is powerful and captivating.

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I loved everything about this book. Takei's voice, explanations to stupid laws, illustrations, and how the unconstitutional internment still affects us today. A very important read. You know I'm a fifth grade science teacher, but that is not my heart. My heart is ELA and social studies. Social studies gets pushed out because it isn't a "tested" subject. #learnempathythroughhistory

Butterfinger #SummerFun @4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious - graphic novel and I normally avoid graphic novels 2y
Sace I hate that testing has made us ignore the subjects/intellectual activities that make us human 😔 (I say this as a Spanish teacher...talk about not tested = ignored 😂) 2y
4thhouseontheleft I agree that Social Studies doesn‘t get as much attention as it deserves, which is also frustrating as a parent 2y
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ElizaMarie
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I‘m gonna use this one for the LGBTQ 🏳️‍🌈 author :)

#SummerFun
@4thHouseontheLeft
@StayCurious

Also, used it for the same prompt in my #bookishbingo #JuneBookBingo #Challenge (just didn't get pic of it right)

StayCurious You're on a roll! 2y
4thhouseontheleft 🙌🏽🙌🏽 2y
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ElizaMarie
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So. I am not really well versed in history. So its not a huge surprise to me that I wasn't actively aware of these “camps“ during WW2, however... thinking back to my schooling, I want to say this was never taught this either. I mean it just doesn't “ring“ a bell at all. Which is horrible. These people suffered and then they buried the truth of this suffering. This was such an amazing graphic novel. I am so glad that I was able to read it!

Butterfinger I remember arguing with my 6th grade teacher that we didn't have concentration camps. How bizarre of her for even suggesting it. She gave me the book Farewell to Manzanar. I will never forget it. I think I was presenting something about WWII camps in Poland and I said something real stupid like thank goodness we live in America. Sigh. 2y
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ElizaMarie
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Started this one tonight while my hubby watches wrestling :)

Butterfinger I'm reading this too. 2y
ElizaMarie @Butterfinger just finished this this morning! It was so good!!! 2y
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This is by far one of the best books that I‘ve read in a while. Actor, author, and activist George Takei shares with readers his experience growing up in the concentration camps where the American government imprisoned Japanese Americans. This book was powerful, beautiful, moving, and factual. Somehow George has remained faithful in life and in American democracy, and this book speaks to such an ugly part of our history in such an incredible way.

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“But children are amazingly adaptable. We would survive this experience, too.”