Tuesday, July 16, 2019

From The Bookshelves: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei


They Called Us Enemy is a graphic novel from George Takei (of Star Trek, Allegiance, activist, and internet humor fame). It's a memoir recounting his "childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II."

The book is written in collaboration with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scotti, and it features illustrations by Harmony Becker.

Michael Berry over at Commonsense Media reviewed the book, saying:

This powerful graphic memoir expertly captures the heartbreak of America's Japanese internment camps during World War II and the resilience of those who experienced them. In They Called Us Enemy, George Takei and his collaborators tell a story rich in historical detail and personal triumph. Much of the narrative is from a child's viewpoint, increasing the impact of the story as George and his brother Henry struggle to understand events that leave adults overwhelmed.

The book just went on sale today. I've ordered my copy and look forward to sharing it with my kids.

It promises to be an incredibly timely release given the current debates over the propriety of long-term detention of migrant children in the United States.



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