They Called Us Enemy

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 ico

  • Title: They Called Us Enemy
  • Author: George Takei
  • ISBN: 1603094504
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 presen 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store 9.97 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Paperback, 204 pages Published July 16th 2019 by Top 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barracks in Rohwer, Arkansas By the end of In the book he described their first move to the Santa Ana racetracks in California, then the move to the barracks in Rohwer, Arkansas By the end of the book they were moved to Camp Tule Lake in California less flag See all 3 questions about They Called Us Enemy Lists with This Book Japanese American Internment 109 books 85 voters History through graphic novels 495 books 413 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.46 Rating details 2,041 ratings 412 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 404 Portugu s 1 Ti ng Vi t 1 More filters Sort order Aug 14, 2019 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves gn memoir, asian americas, gn war, gn glbt, wwii, gn ya George Takei played a relatively minor character, Sulu, in the first iteration of Star Trek which ended far too soon Years later, many people got to watch this show in endless reruns, and he, with the rest of the cast, became famous to new generations Takei has become even famous as a social activist and humorist on social media, which opened up the possibility for him to use his fame to speak widely on behalf of a variety of social causes including gay rights , and develop a Broadway pe George Takei played a relatively minor character, Sulu, in the first iteration of Star Trek which ended far too soon Years later, many people got to watch this show in endless reruns, and he, with the rest of the cast, became famous to new generations Takei has become even famous as a social activist and humorist on social media, which opened up the possibility for him to use his fame to speak widely on behalf of a variety of social causes including gay rights , and develop a Broadway performance based on his life This book is basically another version of his life with a focus on his having grown up imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp for a few years from the time he was four years old.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, and seen as enemies of the state Unlike now, where we separate refugee families into separate camps, the Japanese Americans in these camps were allowed to stay together, and Takei s drew closer as a family, but this unacceptable and shameful practice nevertheless became a scar in American history.I have been reviewing other books focused on the internment, but this was developed from Takei s life story by two writers and illustrated as a kind of graphic memoir, with teens and possibly younger students as intended audience It s an inspirational story, and should be read widely, again using his fame as a way to address a shameful period in American history, issues that are ongoing in American life, and in other countries as well The art is okay, the adapted story is okay, I d say 3 stars, but I bump it up to 4 stars for the timely topic and because I hope it will be used in schools and read by young people everywhere flag 54 likesLike see review Jul 21, 2019 Steve rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction Well done, George Takei and, of course, kudos to the co authors and artists , and thank you for using your frankly, enormous reputation OK, let s put it out there, from Star Trek to advance the common good generally, and specifically, at this time of society and our fragile nation.So, where to start Yes, yes, it s a graphic novel, but it s much, much. It s non fiction, it s autobiographical, it s current, it s important, it s historic, it s informative, and and, yes, as graphic Well done, George Takei and, of course, kudos to the co authors and artists , and thank you for using your frankly, enormous reputation OK, let s put it out there, from Star Trek to advance the common good generally, and specifically, at this time of society and our fragile nation.So, where to start Yes, yes, it s a graphic novel, but it s much, much. It s non fiction, it s autobiographical, it s current, it s important, it s historic, it s informative, and and, yes, as graphic novels go or as these types of autobiographical efforts go , it s quite good, and it s highly accessible, and he s obviously a celebrity, so it s getting a lot of coverage including a massive spread in this weekend s Washington Post so it s a powerful tool OK, it won t be all things to all people Depending upon the circles you run in particularly among people who read literature I might recommend even though it s fiction that folks who want an empathetic introduction to the Japanese Internment debacle instead start with Julie Otsuka s When the Emperor Was Divine appreciating that, Otsuka s book is fiction, and very much micro, and Takei s, frankly, is not only personal yet macro, but also informative or fact rich Having said that, particularly with his springboard, it s a solid piece of work, and the timing couldn t be better To the extent this is a graphic novel, I expect that many folks will immediately make analogies to Art Spiegelman s iconic Maus, but I fear that it s a tough comparison for Maus, many stars aligned, and timing coming at the tale end of the late 1980 s early 1990 s birth rebirth of adult graphic novels think, I dunno, Kingdom Come, Sandman, Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, etc was a big part of it Rather than Maus, I immediately thought of Marjane Satrapi s similarly powerful Persopolis, which I found to be quite good and thought provoking and emotive Heck, you might also want to throw Max Brooks informative and well done Harlem Hellfighters onto that pile But let s be clear, graphic novels can be a very effective tool for opening people s eyes to facts and ideas that may not previously have been familiar, or come to grips, with But, drifting to non graphic non fiction books that humanize the country s less than flattering, OK, heinous history of racial oppression, it was interesting to read this immediately after finishing Michael Kranish s very recent and quite good The World s Fastest Man, about America s First Black Sports Hero, in my review of that one, I suggested that, the book s primary contribution may be helping some folks cyclists sports fanatics to gain familiarity with our oft ignored history of race and racism In that context, thinking about other excellent examples of compelling non fiction on race, I might comfortably shelve that book alongside Isabel Wilkerson s monumental Warmth of Other Suns, Gilbert King s Pulitzer Prize winning Devil in the Grove, or maybe even David Grann s stunning Killers of the Flower Moon, but, of course, these are all just the tip of the iceberg.At the end of the day, I recommend the book without hesitation It s a quick read Buy it, share it, pass it on to kids in school not just college or high school I think it would play well in middle and junior high schools , friends, neighbors, potential voters, and generally open minded people and potential voters who, for whatever reason, may simply be unfamiliar with the history of race in the U.S particularly between the Civil War and the 1960 s Civil Rights Movement Oh, and, if you re on Twitter, follow the author at GeorgeTakei his voice is a unique and refreshing one in these troubling times flag 27 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 23, 2019 Sheila Beaumont rated it it was amazing Shelves biography memoir, historical, nonfiction, comics graphic novels George Takei s compelling, heartfelt graphic memoir about his family s experiences during the U.S government s incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is a must read.After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, 120,000 Japanese Americans, many of them citizens or longtime residents, were sent to concentration camps The Takeis spent some time at Santa Anita Racetrack George, at the age of 5, thought sleeping in a smelly stall where a horse had lived was great fun , then George Takei s compelling, heartfelt graphic memoir about his family s experiences during the U.S government s incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is a must read.After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, 120,000 Japanese Americans, many of them citizens or longtime residents, were sent to concentration camps The Takeis spent some time at Santa Anita Racetrack George, at the age of 5, thought sleeping in a smelly stall where a horse had lived was great fun , then they were herded onto a train that took them to a camp in Arkansas where George thought dinosaurs roamed the swamps outside the barbed wire fence Later they were moved to Tule Lake in Northern California Both parents did their best to make the experience a vacation for their children.This book contains much information that is new to me, especially about the aftermath of the incarceration I hope this book is widely read, especially in light of current government policies that are repeating the same mistakes It s certainly accessible, since it s in a format that can easily be read by all ages, from middle school on up This a book that everyone should read flag 21 likesLike see review Aug 17, 2019 Tatiana rated it really liked it Shelves ya, 2019, historical, non fiction, graphic novels A natural companion to March Book One and a must read flag 17 likesLike see review Jul 16, 2019 David rated it it was amazing Shelves civil rights, world war ii 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 those with power and should not be exclusionary to any who seek them I stayed up 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 those with power and should not be exclusionary to any who seek them I stayed up past 2 00am reading this one because it was so fascinating flag 16 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Paul Hankins rated it it was amazing Shelves gatefold title, graphic novel adult, graphic novel discussion ready, graphic novel loss and healing, graphic novels younger readers, graphic novel current events, graphic novel ted connection, lightship title, graphic novel diversity, graphic novel worldview 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 beyo 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 advocate for those affected by an American government that would intern its own people In his Today Show appearance with the book s release, the hosts were embarrassed to say that they were not taught about this moment in history and discovered this time period later in life In this light, I am designating THEY CALLED US ENEMY as a gatefold title that opens up and creates its own connections to other books about the internment of Japanese people by the American government during the 1940s Part of what I am learning in visiting this time period is that to call this a Japanese Internment suggests something that is in error regarding those demanding and enacting internment and the internees What s , THEY CALLED US ENEMY opens itself to historical archives and documents that could be and perhaps should be used to help the book to open itself up beyond memoir into classroom resource that satisfies standards requiring the synthesis of text in the classroom experience As a lightship title, THEY CALLED US ENEMY, George Takei s memoir provides a narrative arc that begins in media res of the Takei family being taken into custody by soldiers This is a moment that Takei references in his Today Show appearance on 16 July as an early formative memory related to the internment of his family and provides a place where classroom teachers might go to provide a quick, four minute introduction to the story to come This moment is depicted in eighteen panels over the span of four pages to set the scene for the book Those sharing graphic novels with young readers will see the craft of story presented in panels that present dialogue and sound and silent response that make graphic novels a power medium by which to communicate quickly what might take prose paragraphs and pages to present Three panels lead the reader out of the opening scene into a transition to.George Takei presenting at TEDxKyoto in 2014 His TED talk, Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me For teachers of older students, this talk clocks in at sixteen minutes as a means of leading into the memoir THEY CALLED US THE ENEMY draws upon thirty eight seconds of the talk in order to lead into the narrative to come This provides an opportunity to front load the book or to serve as a summary of the text at the end as Takei becomes real to the readers who have experienced his memoir in graphic novel form Like other graphic novels presented about this time period, a singular and arresting color schema provide a mood for the text not distracted by the use of colors and effects However, the creators of this book do present lighter moments within the memoir that begin to look most manga and anime style which will appeal to young readers who recognize the approach That the book does have lighter moments don t miss a young George s attempt to conjure treats from American soldier guards with the use of a magic word passed down by older boys in the camp does not detract from the overall message and embedded themes of the work As the story unfolds, a time jump brings George Takei to Hyde Park in 2017 Footage of Takei s visi to the F.D.R Museum and Presidential Library are available at platforms like YouTube which provide for multi media interludes within the reading This first interlude takes place at about the 10 15% of the totality of the text which might provide that break for young readers that help them to center the author s account with the words shared in real life The next look at an older Takei takes the reader backward in time to 2000 when he was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Japan U.S Friendship Commission This moment is depicted at about 60% of the total text and provides an opportunity to bring into the reading of the historical arc that wraps around Takei s account Yet another historical allusion happens near the conclusion of THEY CALLED US ENEMY wherein Takei meets Martin Luther King Jr Even this moment is presented as a means to point the reader back to the influence of Takei s father upon the author s activism and advocacy As a hero s journey text, readers will see conflict between the experiences of a young George and the George who will age four years while in the camps An older George questions the decisions, actions, and intentions of his father that are responded to in a way that provides an opportunity to talk about the lessons of our fathers Takei references his father s lessons in his Today Show appearance and this moment is rendered clearly by way of expressing a theme of the book in the graphic novel form And, this memoir would not be complete without Takei s being offered the iconic role which be defining in the sense of media folklore, but the moment that Roddenberry offers Takei is not to be missed by readers for what this role has meant by way of representation I don t need to suggest that students might be introduced to clips of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu who will ultimately achieve the rank of Star Fleet Captain of the USS Excelsior Stardate 9521.6 THEY CALLED US ENEMY is a powerful look at one man s experience while imprisoned as a child to bend toward current events that invite this graphic novel to not only be a stand alone text as introduction to the subject but as a precursor to stories straight out of current events Here, we move from ladder by way of historical event to leading into current events that allow Takei to present a beacon of hope achieved over a period of time to a moment in time that calls for that same hope It is my hope that a review of this graphic novel might create awareness of its release and availability to classroom teachers and how it might be presented in synthesis with other text to illuminate social issues that ask and require social response flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 07, 2019 Rod Brown rated it really liked it Timely due to our current crisis in immigrant detention, this book is good for you and well done too Having read Takei s To the Stars and seen the musical Allegiance, I had a familiarity with some of the material, but I appreciate Takei using this opportunity to get into the details of his family s experience during the Japanese American Internment during World War II It s outrageous that these events occurred in the land of the free and that it took decades for apologies and restitution to Timely due to our current crisis in immigrant detention, this book is good for you and well done too Having read Takei s To the Stars and seen the musical Allegiance, I had a familiarity with some of the material, but I appreciate Takei using this opportunity to get into the details of his family s experience during the Japanese American Internment during World War II It s outrageous that these events occurred in the land of the free and that it took decades for apologies and restitution to be made and honor restored flag 13 likesLike see review Aug 09, 2019 Lata rated it it was amazing Shelves kids and ya, poc actor, poc author, 2019 read An important story to tell And a reminder of how swiftly and irrevocably sentiment can turn against a group because they look different from the dominant culture I liked the illustrations by Harmony Becker I thought they captured young George Takei s memories well of what seemed initially like a vacation to a boy, but which was the US government imprisoning and humiliating families out of an outrageous fear during wartime Canada has its own history of internment of Japanese Canadians, becaus An important story to tell And a reminder of how swiftly and irrevocably sentiment can turn against a group because they look different from the dominant culture I liked the illustrations by Harmony Becker I thought they captured young George Takei s memories well of what seemed initially like a vacation to a boy, but which was the US government imprisoning and humiliating families out of an outrageous fear during wartime Canada has its own history of internment of Japanese Canadians, because of similar, racist reasons.And like the memoir I recently read by Max Eisen, it s important to remember stories like these, so we hopefully don t repeat such actions, despite the fear whipped up by certain government leaders and others flag 12 likesLike see review Jul 31, 2019 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it As a public figure, George Takei needs no introduction Actor, author, activist at the very least, he is known for his role as Sulu in the Star Trek series But during his childhood, his family was one of the many affected by President Roosevelt s Executive Order 9066 that resulted in the internment of Japanese American citizens in camps throughout the country.Takei tells of his life growing up in the camps, as well as giving the historical context of their creation He goes on to sketch in so As a public figure, George Takei needs no introduction Actor, author, activist at the very least, he is known for his role as Sulu in the Star Trek series But during his childhood, his family was one of the many affected by President Roosevelt s Executive Order 9066 that resulted in the internment of Japanese American citizens in camps throughout the country.Takei tells of his life growing up in the camps, as well as giving the historical context of their creation He goes on to sketch in some of the highlights of the rest of his life, showing how his childhood experiences helped to shape his later activism.Children are adept at making the best of bad situations Although the Japanese Internment was a dark time in US history, Takei shows us life in the camps mostly through a child s eyes It s new and different than anything else, and so he adapts He goes to school He discovers the joys of movies He grows up But thanks to later conversations with his father, he also gives us some understanding of what it was like for the grownups as well.One of the primary messages of this book is the importance of being aware of all of our nation s history, not just the parts of it that make us feel good We can be better than this, but we need to know what it is that we re being better than so that we don t repeat it.Not necessarily the most comfortable book you ll ever read, but definitely worthwhile Highly recommended flag 8 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 27, 2019 Jeanne rated it really liked it Shelves asia asia american, memoir, read 2019, graphic novel, wwii Justice grows out of 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 Barack ObamaGeorge Takei was five when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor In They Called Us Enemy Takai described his family s internment in concentration camps for four years his parents fears about where they were being taken, his childis Justice grows out of 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 Barack ObamaGeorge Takei was five when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor In They Called Us Enemy Takai described his family s internment in concentration camps for four years his parents fears about where they were being taken, his childish naivet and excitement about their adventures, his aunt and cousin killed in Nagasaki, his family forced to leave concentration camps when leaving was dangerous, and his father , whorefused to shake Eleanor Roosevelt s hand when they later worked for Stevenson s presidential campaign she was a symbol of her husband, who imprisoned their family , Takai described the No Nos both of his parents were No Nos , who answered No when asked about their willingness to a serve in the military whenever and wherever ordered, and b whether they would swear unqualified allegiance to the US and faithfully defend the US from attacks by foreign or domestic forces and forswear allegiance to any foreign government or organization Pledging allegiance to a country that had put them behind barbed wire fences was difficult The second question suggested there was an allegiance to give up and was a question where either response would be used to justify our wrongful imprisonment p 115 He talked about his mother, who gave up her citizenship in to protect her family Takai praised the men who fought for the US, despite having been incarcerated by the US He also praised those who refused to because they believed doing so was wrong.Despite the horrible way that we treated our Japanese residents and citizens, Takei was resilient Takei s after dinner talks with his father informed and shaped his worldview His father said Roosevelt pulled us out of the Depression and he did great things, but he was also a fallible human being and he made a disastrous mistake that affected us calamitously But despite all that we ve experienced, our democracy is still the best in the world, because it s a people s democracy and the people can do great things p 196 197 I hope I would respond with such grace and wisdom.Takei ended noting the ways that history repeats itself Sonia Sotomayor observed, Today, the Court takes the important step of finally overruling Korematsu v United States , denouncing it as gravely wrong the day it was decided This formal repudiation of a shameful precedent is laudable and long overdue And, yet, our president is banning immigration from Muslim countries and blocking immigration through our southern border I tend to think that I don t like graphic novels my kneejerk response is that graphic novels are just dumbed down novels When I read books such as Persepolis Marjane Satrapi , Fun Home Alison Bechdel , and My Favorite Thing is Monsters Emil Ferris , I think differently Certainly this is true sometimes, but in the best of graphic novels it is possible to interweave disparate threads to subtle ways.They Called Us Enemy is a compelling story My brother in law is a high school principal and will likely recommend this to his teachers for History classes or his students for a summer read probably one that is likely to be read than many books assigned Nonetheless, I wanted Its drawings are attractive, but they are two dimensional relative to the book s storyline and to the drawings in Fun Home and My Favorite Thing is Monsters flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 10, 2019 Catie rated it really liked it Shelves graphic illustrated novels, nonfiction, memoir, read in 2019 4 1 2 starsA devastating and important story that reflects terribly many of the attitudes and actions of today s U.S government I was moved by George Takei s memories of his parents especially and how they did everything they could to care for him and his siblings through an impossible situation They were truly inspiring Americans flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2019 Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves japanese internment, world war ii, graphic novels, los angeles, memoir, internment camps, executive order, japanese americans, 1940s 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 wh 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 movement, I am hoping that this book helps people realize what went on after executive order 9066 was issued Most of the Japanese Americans lost everything they owned They lost their homes, their businesses, their farms In my mother s neighborhood, the families got together and kept up the mortgage payments on the house of the family that got sent away, the Navaros I have heard and read about farms that were saved, but these are far and few between For the most part, everything was lost.I thought I could wait to read this, when I wasn t working Instead, I took an extra long lunch break, and ate it up Truly a ground breaking story Highly recommend it flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Katrina rated it it was amazing 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 accessible for middle grades and up, and the gentle illustrations bring re 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 accessible for middle grades and up, and the gentle illustrations bring readers clearly into a not so distant past flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2019 Robert Greenberger rated it it was amazing I ll stipulate upfront I have known George Takei since the 1970s and consider him a friend In all the time we have spent together, this never came up, despite meeting his mother along the way Over the last decade or two, I have read interviews and his own autobiography that went into some detail about his time in a Japanese internment camp.That said, I find this graphic novel revelatory because it shows how things were through a six year old s eyes, bringing the experiences to life However, t I ll stipulate upfront I have known George Takei since the 1970s and consider him a friend In all the time we have spent together, this never came up, despite meeting his mother along the way Over the last decade or two, I have read interviews and his own autobiography that went into some detail about his time in a Japanese internment camp.That said, I find this graphic novel revelatory because it shows how things were through a six year old s eyes, bringing the experiences to life However, the narrative also brings his adult perspective to what his mother and father endured, the choices they made to protect their family while also risking their futures by refusing to sign a loyalty statement they couldn t condone.Through the flashbacks and flashforwards, we watch George grow up, becoming politically aware, challenging his father s choices and coming to regret that heat he brought to the discussion, the road to the stage.This is the story of the camps and the people who endured the imprisonment but is so much as we re reminded of America s tendency to let fear rule reason, to shun the other when their status quo is threatened Blind patriotism and jingoism kept politicians, even FDR, from recognizing the Japanese Americans were no a threat than German Americans.This self reflection holds up a mirror to a society we d like to think has evolved from those days but contemporary events prove otherwise Takei s narrative is adapted by writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott with art by Harmony Becker, making it accessible to all ages This will definitely be added to the classroom library which I hope will spakr some discussion flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 17, 2019 Natalie Joy rated it it was amazing Shelves graphic novel 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 nove 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 some time, I m somewhat ashamed to have never tracked down firsthand account resources to investigate further, the way I have with other historical events that have disturbed me I m glad to be informed now This is a must read book for everyone flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 13, 2019 Heather Johnson rated it it was amazing I am a sucker for graphic memoirs and this one by George Takei did NOT disappoint If you are a history lover, human rights lover, graphic lover, memoir lover, or George Takei lover, you will DEVOUR this book It s well worth the short amount of time it takes to read, and you will be a better person for having spent some time learning from this dynamic man.This graphic memoir focuses on Takei s childhood in the internment camps, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the eventual internet of the Ta I am a sucker for graphic memoirs and this one by George Takei did NOT disappoint If you are a history lover, human rights lover, graphic lover, memoir lover, or George Takei lover, you will DEVOUR this book It s well worth the short amount of time it takes to read, and you will be a better person for having spent some time learning from this dynamic man.This graphic memoir focuses on Takei s childhood in the internment camps, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the eventual internet of the Takei family and thousands of others, this book captures the terror and confusion that many Japanese Americans felt after Executive Order 9066 was signed Run, don t walk, to your nearest bookstore or library flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 10, 2019 Maria rated it it was amazing Takei gives us a child s memory view of the horrible injustice his family endured in the early 1940s when they were incarcerated against their will due to their Japanese appearance and ancestry He doesn t mention it, but they did not do this to Americans of Italian or German descent, nor did they prohibit them from becoming citizens, as Takei s father was refused citizenship long before the war It gave Takei a first hand view of prejudice and formed his worldview to fight to end discrimination Takei gives us a child s memory view of the horrible injustice his family endured in the early 1940s when they were incarcerated against their will due to their Japanese appearance and ancestry He doesn t mention it, but they did not do this to Americans of Italian or German descent, nor did they prohibit them from becoming citizens, as Takei s father was refused citizenship long before the war It gave Takei a first hand view of prejudice and formed his worldview to fight to end discrimination I especially enjoyed his descriptions of what his parents suffered and his eventual realization of the reasons behind their difficult life choices In this, he honors his parents admirably and his love for them is evident flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 15, 2019 Amanda Carr rated it it was amazing Shelves authors of color, adult nonfiction, graphic novel, nonfiction, we need diverse books, history If you only read one book this year, have it be this one This book reminds us of our shameful past the Japanese American internment camps of WWII while showing us how frighteningly similar our current treatment of immigrants is today under our current administration flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 15, 2019 KC rated it really liked it Shelves memoir, war, historical, political, graphic novel, refugee, overcoming adversity, survival skills, non fiction A well detailed and personally archived account of actor activist George Takei s account of he and his family s imprisonment in a US interment camp during WWII Brad must be so proud OH MY flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 04, 2019 Shomeret rated it it was amazing Shelves memoir, graphic books I ve read a number of novels dealing with Japanese American internment during WWII I certainly never expected that there would be a graphic memoir dealing with the WWII experiences of a Japanese American Leave it to George Takei to show us how that s done in an era when his story has a new urgency There were so many moments in this memoir that provoked thoughts for me After telling us about his experiences, Takei argues against the current internments of refugees seeking asylum Racism is th I ve read a number of novels dealing with Japanese American internment during WWII I certainly never expected that there would be a graphic memoir dealing with the WWII experiences of a Japanese American Leave it to George Takei to show us how that s done in an era when his story has a new urgency There were so many moments in this memoir that provoked thoughts for me After telling us about his experiences, Takei argues against the current internments of refugees seeking asylum Racism is the motivation for both internments.This is an important issue for me because like many American Jews, I have a refugee in my family My father was six years old when he fled Poland with his family between the World Wars because of the pogroms against Jews They Called Us Enemy should be widely read by people of all ages George Takei s story brings home for all of us that internment for racist reasons is a truly terrible wrong.For the extended blog version of my review see flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 29, 2019 Alisa rated it it was amazing Shelves historical, auto biography, comic, social justice Shame is a cruel thing It should rest on the perpetrators, but they don t carry it the way victims do This graphic novel about Japanese American internment during WWII as told through the experiences of George Takei should be required reading for US History classes It s easy to see parallels between these events and events sentiments that are still, tragically, a reality in American And I think if Americans knew the reality of our history, we d be careful about doing better now Shame is a cruel thing It should rest on the perpetrators, but they don t carry it the way victims do This graphic novel about Japanese American internment during WWII as told through the experiences of George Takei should be required reading for US History classes It s easy to see parallels between these events and events sentiments that are still, tragically, a reality in American And I think if Americans knew the reality of our history, we d be careful about doing better now.Two points that I most enjoyed about this graphic novel 1 the duality of a childhood in an internment concentration camp being one of fear and uncertainty as well as wonder and adventure Since Takei was a young child when his family was interred, he didn t always understand what was going on and he and the other child still tried to have fun and play games like any child would Of course, that doesn t mean they were blind to some of the injustices they faced.2 I loved the few scenes between an older Takei and his father as Takei tries to understand what happened to him and his family and understand his father s difficult choices It reminded me of Maus and the parallels to that work are apparent.In addition to Maus, I d also recommend anyone who enjoys for lack of a better word historical graphic novels focused on injustice and tragedy read The Boat SBS, an online graphic novel about a Vietnamese War refuge The March graphic novels about John Lewis activism during the Civil Rights Era are also recommended flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2019 Kassy MacPherson rated it it was amazing This book was amazing George s life story is one that will stick with me for a long time These Americans were all brave to experience these internment camps The book does a great job at showing the injustice and the sacrifices before and after the war for many Americans I enjoyed the stories that George remembered of the camp some are funny while others are sad to read , but also the history throughout the book Not only does it depict his years at the internment camp during WWII, but also This book was amazing George s life story is one that will stick with me for a long time These Americans were all brave to experience these internment camps The book does a great job at showing the injustice and the sacrifices before and after the war for many Americans I enjoyed the stories that George remembered of the camp some are funny while others are sad to read , but also the history throughout the book Not only does it depict his years at the internment camp during WWII, but also the fight for justice the decades that followed George s activism is inspiring It is also sad that even to this day, the same types of injustices are happening He mentions it in his book, but it is done very tactfully It is almost as if the United States has never learned from the injustices of the past flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 21, 2019 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing Like Room, the atrocities in here are narrated by a child George Takei didn t realize the full extent of what was happening when he, his parents and his two younger siblings were sent to Japanese internment camps read imprisoned but that doesn t make it any easier for the reader This book absolutely broke my heart We re never getting better as a country, are we We re still afraid of people who we deem as other and we just take turns with who that other is considered to be George Take Like Room, the atrocities in here are narrated by a child George Takei didn t realize the full extent of what was happening when he, his parents and his two younger siblings were sent to Japanese internment camps read imprisoned but that doesn t make it any easier for the reader This book absolutely broke my heart We re never getting better as a country, are we We re still afraid of people who we deem as other and we just take turns with who that other is considered to be George Takei is a lot hopeful about this than I am he also shares that the government apologized decades later, Ronald Reagan officially apologized and George HW Bush issued reparations to the American citizens who were wrongly imprisoned due to their ancestry This is not an easy book but it s a very necessary one Highly recommended flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 22, 2019 Erin rated it it was amazing This book is so beautifully done Not only is the message vital and timely, but it is important now than ever Takei tells his amazing story of living in the Japanese internment camps from the perspective of a child, interspersed with his thoughts now that he is older and has a different perspective on the situation A truly heartbreaking and yet simultaneously heartwarming story The art is simple and so very effective Gorgeous details and really enhances the story Reading what someone g This book is so beautifully done Not only is the message vital and timely, but it is important now than ever Takei tells his amazing story of living in the Japanese internment camps from the perspective of a child, interspersed with his thoughts now that he is older and has a different perspective on the situation A truly heartbreaking and yet simultaneously heartwarming story The art is simple and so very effective Gorgeous details and really enhances the story Reading what someone goes through is one thing, but being able to see it really changes it for you 100% recommend flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 18, 2019 Theo Coughlin rated it it was amazing 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 03, 2019 Tasha Birckhead rated it really liked it 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 flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 20, 2019 E rated it it was amazing Shelves memoir, graphicnovels, library Powerful story, made even so by the graphic novel presentation to be able to see the story, expressions on faces the conditions Takei and his family endured.I think graphic novels are an important way to show historical events and memoirs.This was well done Would recommend for high school classrooms everywhere flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 11, 2019 Holly Walter rated it it was amazing High school teachers, this is a good one for your classroom library flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 31, 2019 Jill rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction, gn What a fabulous book It can be compared to Farewell to Manzanar, but covers so much Great illustrations of an adorable 5 year old boy Takei s words and a story that depicts Takei s family s incarceration in internment camps but also provides background and history I was so fortunate to be in the panel at ComicCon where Takei was presented with an Inkspot Award for lifetime achievement in social justice I went to the panel before the dungeons and dragons panel was thrilled to have What a fabulous book It can be compared to Farewell to Manzanar, but covers so much Great illustrations of an adorable 5 year old boy Takei s words and a story that depicts Takei s family s incarceration in internment camps but also provides background and history I was so fortunate to be in the panel at ComicCon where Takei was presented with an Inkspot Award for lifetime achievement in social justice I went to the panel before the dungeons and dragons panel was thrilled to have a full house, not realizing most of us were waiting for Takei s panel so I could get a seat Many people who came later were unable to enter The moderator came on and introduced the writers and artist as they came in and finally introduced George Takei I immediately jumped to my feet and the entire room rose in a standing ovation Then, totally by surprise, the president of ComicCon appeared and presented the award to Takei Takei is such a great speaker and told us this was a story of hope That the U.S was founded on democratic ideals but run by people who are fallible Beautiful presentation and an equally beautiful and very important book flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 05, 2019 Morgan rated it it was amazing Shelves historical, graphic novels, memoir, special issues I ve read quite a bit of fiction and non fiction the last few years about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and been moved by them all, but this one really got to me George Takei and his co creators pack a heavy yet somehow hopeful punch in this outstanding graphic memoir, revealing new to me dimensions and circumstances of this deplorable time in not so distant U.S history while drawing comparisons between 1940 s and 2019 America that make the horror and indignity tha I ve read quite a bit of fiction and non fiction the last few years about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and been moved by them all, but this one really got to me George Takei and his co creators pack a heavy yet somehow hopeful punch in this outstanding graphic memoir, revealing new to me dimensions and circumstances of this deplorable time in not so distant U.S history while drawing comparisons between 1940 s and 2019 America that make the horror and indignity that much affecting flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to 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    They Called Us Enemy Takei They Called Us Enemy is a memoir that tells the story of George Takei known for his groundbreaking role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek as well as his activism for social justice and his family s imprisonment in two different internment camps during World War II. They Called Us Enemy George Takei talks about his book Sep , His new graphic memoir, They Called Us Enemy, is told through the eyes of a child growing up incarcerated, detailing the day to day hardships and humiliating experiences of the camps. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei They Called Us Enemy is a compelling memoir of a childhood in Japanese American Internment Camps This graphic novel is an important contribution to the literature about this shameful part of history, which is far too often excluded from the narrative of history. They Called Us Down Official Video Lee Harris Dec , videos Play all Mix They Called Us Down Official Video Lee Harris Davor Bozic YouTube Ajeet Kaur Kiss the Earth La Luna Live in Amsterdam Duration Spirit Voyage They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei book review The Jul , They Called Us Enemy co written with Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker arrives Tuesday as a necessary testament They Called Us Enemy Book Review Common Sense Media Jul , They Called Us Enemy tells George Takei s personal story of World War II internment in the United States It offers the opportunity to discuss the politics of the time and how they may have changed since then It also touches on themes of personal honor, activism, and reconciliation. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger About They Called Us Enemy The New York Times bestselling graphic memoir from actor author activist George Takei returns in a deluxe hardcover edition with bonus material Experience the forces that shaped an American icon and America itself in this gripping tale of

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      George Hosato Takei is an American actor best known for his role in the TV series Star Trek, in which he played the helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the USS Enterprise His baritone earned Takei recurring appearances as the announcer for The Howard Stern Show starting on January 9, 2006, after that show s move to satellite radio.

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    1. George Takei played a relatively minor character, Sulu, in the first iteration of Star Trek which ended far too soon Years later, many people got to watch this show in endless reruns, and he, with the rest of the cast, became famous to new generations Takei has become even famous as a social activist and humorist on social media, which opened up the possibility for him to use his fame to speak widely on behalf of a variety of social causes including gay rights , and develop a Broadway pe George [...]


    2. Well done, George Takei and, of course, kudos to the co authors and artists , and thank you for using your frankly, enormous reputation OK, let s put it out there, from Star Trek to advance the common good generally, and specifically, at this time of society and our fragile nation.So, where to start Yes, yes, it s a graphic novel, but it s much, much . It s non fiction, it s autobiographical, it s current, it s important, it s historic, it s informative, and and, yes, as graphic We [...]


    3. George Takei s compelling, heartfelt graphic memoir about his family s experiences during the U.S government s incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is a must read.After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, 120,000 Japanese Americans, many of them citizens or longtime residents, were sent to concentration camps The Takeis spent some time at Santa Anita Racetrack George, at the age of 5, thought sleeping in a smelly stall where a horse had lived was great fun , then Geo [...]



    4. 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 those with power and should not be exclusionary to any who seek them I stayed up This was [...]


    5. 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 beyo There [...]


    6. Timely due to our current crisis in immigrant detention, this book is good for you and well done too Having read Takei s To the Stars and seen the musical Allegiance, I had a familiarity with some of the material, but I appreciate Takei using this opportunity to get into the details of his family s experience during the Japanese American Internment during World War II It s outrageous that these events occurred in the land of the free and that it took decades for apologies and restitution to Time [...]


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