Genre: Graphic novel, comics, non-fiction comics, autobiographical comics
Key Stage: 4/5+
They Called Us Enemy, George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker (2019)
This is a memoir of Star Trek actor George Takei in the form of a graphic novel. When Takei was 4, Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbour, a US military naval base and brought the USA into World War II. From this moment, the American government and people became heavily suspicious and paranoid about Japanese and Japanese Americans living in the country.
To contain this perceived threat, anyone of Japanese descent was placed into camps where they were not allowed to leave and conditions there were dire. As Takei mentions in the latter parts of the graphic novel, this is omitted from the history books, glazed over and not spoken about. This is not OK.
Like Takei, I drew parallels between his family’s experience and the treatment of asylum seekers on the Mexico-USA border under Trump’s presidency. How true that we never truly learn from our past.
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Reviewer: Ms Carter-Dunn