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They Called Us Enemy 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.

10 thoughts on “They Called Us Enemy

  1. says:

    There are moments in a reader teacher s experience when you can see a book getting ready to release and he, she, or they have already begun to pull the ladder texts READING LADDERS by Dr Teri Lesesne that might wrap around the book to come Of course, subject matter, especially historical periods, can create their own sense of ladders Experienced readers, including librarians, reviewers, and classroom library curators, who have read middle grade and young adult for some time can point beyond the novels right to the other graphic novels with which THEY CALLED US ENEMY could reside and work in a ladder configuration As one who has read Larry Dane Brimner s VOICES FROM THE CAMPS, I found many of those voices coming back to tell of their accounts while George shared his THEY CALLED US ENEMY meets and exceeds expectations for what it might present by way of subject and approach For those of us who know George Takei for his witty presence in the social media spaces and his trademark Oh myyyy or perhaps sci fi fans will remember that there is an asteroid out there that named after the author will experience than a shift in the author s persona as presentation here becomes of a revelation of who this figure has always been as witness to and advo...

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    This was a heartfelt, passionate and painful story that I couldn t put down I have always known about the internment camps of World War II and the mistreatment of so many loyal citizens by the U.S government, but this illuminated the situation for me even It also helped me reconfirm the belief that being a member of the United States and living under the wonderful ideals it is based on are not exclusive to...

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    I have read only the arc from ALA but this is so powerful I m so glad he chose to tell his story through the format of a graphic novel Like the graphic novel, March, I think this book will reach a wider audience and educate them on some real american history.

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    Thoughtfully and artfully told, George Takei now shares his story in graphic novel format It s unfortunate to call this timely, but that s what it is As the US is unjustly imprisoning asylum seekers and people who have committed no crime but wanting better for their family, Takei reminds us of a time within a lifetime where people were forcefully incarcerated based on their heritage They Called Us Enemy is very ac...

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    Wow, there is so much in here I wish every American could read this, in light of our country s current climate of bigotry and hatred Unfortunately history seems to be repeating itself.

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    OK, I m sure we are tired of hearing that history repeats and repeats itself, but as I read this memoir of George Takei, of his time in the Internment camps that was established by executive order, at the beginning of World War Two, the I see the parallels going on today.Takai was famous for being Lt Sulu from Star Trek, to a certain generation and as that Meme guy, to a younger generation He was interred, along with his family during WWII, and had to leave by everything behind, except wha they could carry The story is told from his memories as a five year old child, as well, as what he was able to learn from his father, later on, about what really happened.This is so heartbreaking, not because it happened, long ago, but that it could happen again, and has happened before This American society has a hatred for the other, always has, always will If it wasn t the Japanese, it was the Chinese, where they were forbidden to become citizens, despite helping build the transcontinental railroad If it wasn t the Chinese, it was the Indigenous peoples One of our current president s favorite presidents is Andrew Jackson, famous for the Trail of Tears, in which he sent the Indigenous peoples to walk from their homeland to the new Indian Territory Divide and conquer And the same way that Joe Lewis March gave an easy way to read and learn about the civil rights movem...

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    I woke up and grabbed this off my nightstand, intending to flip through it a little before getting up and going about my day Instead, I remained sitting up, vaguely aware of my kids coming in and asking for breakfast and me waving a hand at them murmuring something like Sure, whatever you want, only to discover later they d had granola bars and Reece s Pieces as I finished the entire graphic novel in one go But, hey it was worth it, because not only are they on summer vacation, Takei s novel gripped me in the same way Maus and Persepolis have.I have become a fan of graphic autobiographical novels as I feel the combination of text paired with illustrations can tell a deeply uncomfortable and difficult story in a way that just written words or moving pictures cannot You can see 5 year old Takei s overly exaggerated bright, glimmering eyes as his dad tells him they are going on a long vacation, highlighting his childlike innocence, while reading the adult Takei s straightforward retrospect It also appeals to an audience with a wide level of reading abilities, as adults will definitely appreciate the deeper questions this graphic novel brings up, but younger children and teens can be exposed to the reality of internment camps through a young child s viewpoint, without excessive violence or language While I have been aware of the existence of internment camps and Executive Order 9066 for so...

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    At times heartbreaking, but an amazing book telling the story of George Takei and other Japanese Americans interred during WWII, in a graphic novel format Highly recommend Own

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    Any review I attempt to write for this book cannot do it justice but I ll try my best This story is beautiful, moving, and heart breaking It s worth the read More people should be aware of how our government managed to falsely and forcefully imprison Japanese people on the basis of racism I m disturbed about how I was never taught about this in my history classes My family has taken many family trips up the 395, driving within distance of Manzanar and I had no idea what had actually happened there I believe the sign pointing toward Manzanar last time I saw it refers to a relocation center not internment camp I grew up 15 mins away from the Santa Anita racetrack and only recently found out within the last 10 years that it was used as a collection center for Japanese people before they were sent to the various camps I ve been so close to these places where a shameful and dark part of US history took place and had no idea It makes me sad and embarrassed My mother is an immigrant and even she knew what executive order 9066.Very happy that George Takei choose to write a book about his family and their experiences It was insightful and chilling I loved how the storytelling weaved back and fort...

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    As with many traumatic experiences, they were anguished by their memories and haunted by shame for something that wasn t their fault Shame is a cruel thing It should rest on the perpetrators but they don t carry it the way victims do George Takei tells us his personal story in the early 1940 s when he and his family were forcibly removed from their homes following the aftermath of Pearl Harbor At this time, FDR issued executive order 9066, ordering Japanese Americans to leave their homes to live in military isolation Takei calls his experience incarceration, as barbed wire fences haunt his childhood, but mentions in this memoir that they are often referred to as internment camps Men in power spread their racist concern over every Japanese person due to their non assimilable faces and racial traits that make it impossible to discern disloyalty Every Japanese American is seen as a suspicious enemy of the United States War is declared on Japan A graphic novel format is perfect for this memoir Takaei weaves his narrative through a Tedtalk, his visit to speak at the FDR Museum and Presidential Librar...

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