Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Reivew: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Title: They Called Us Enemy
Author: George Takei
Year Published: 2019


Genre: Adult and YA nonfiction (graphic novel)
Pages: 204
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (CA, AR)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 on 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.

Review: I follow George Takei on Twitter and he is super interesting and politically minded. I knew that he and his family had been in an internment camp during World War II and just yesterday heard about this book. Then today, I saw it under "new books" at one of junior high school libraries and knew I had to read it.

I have read a number of books about the internment camps and I don't know if I learned anything new in terms of history from this one, but each story is a bit different depending on the author's experience. I liked that George's experiences were those of a child because it meant we got to see the discussions of democracy and what being an American meant to him as he worked through it all as a teenager, young adult, and now as a mature person.

Takei has worked tirelessly on civil rights in addition to his job on Star Trek and he weaves each of these pieces of his life into a well told story. I really enjoyed this book.

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