They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

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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.
Publisher: Marietta, Georgia :, Top Shelf Productions,, 2019
ISBN: 9781603094504
1603094504
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL B Takei
940.5317 T136
GN 92 TAKEI
Characteristics: 204 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm

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OPL_KrisC Feb 20, 2020

An in depth look at George Takei's experience with his family in the American concentration camps that Japanese Americans were forced into during World War II.

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OPL_BethS Dec 04, 2019

I love graphic novel biographies that get me thinking and force me to do more research into the particular time and place, and Takei's book did just that.

"Really powerful, well done with an approachable style."


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OPL_KrisC Feb 20, 2020

An in depth look at George Takei's experience with his family in the American concentration camps that Japanese Americans were forced into during World War II.

OPL_BethS Dec 04, 2019

I love graphic novel biographies that get me thinking and force me to do more research into the particular time and place, and Takei's book did just that.

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