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 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 pr A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentrat...

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Title:They Called Us Enemy
Author:George Takei
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1603094504
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

They Called Us Enemy Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 14, 2019
    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 more famou...
  • Kelly Hager
    Jul 21, 2019
    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. ...
  • Shomeret
    Aug 04, 2019
    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...
  • Catie
    Aug 10, 2019
    4 1/2 stars A 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 impo...
  • Tatiana
    Aug 17, 2019
    A natural companion to March: Book One and a must read. ...
  • Steve
    Jul 21, 2019
    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 nati...
  • Laura
    Jul 18, 2019
    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 more I see the parallels going on today. Takai...
  • Morgan
    Aug 05, 2019
    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 grap...
  • Elizabeth A
    Aug 31, 2019
    "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." I recall when...
  • Sheila Beaumont
    Jul 23, 2019
    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 citize...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Oct 13, 2019
    'They Called Us Enemy' is an excellent graphic comic book! Concise, engaging, designed more like a 'A'-list movie than a documentary, it covers the entire American-Japanese experience in World War II through the experiences of one family. The kids' viewpoint (George Takei) was realisti...
  • Robert Greenberger
    Jul 30, 2019
    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...
  • Petergiaquinta
    Sep 11, 2019
    George Takei's graphic novel retelling his family's experience in the Japanese internment camps during WWII does an excellent job capturing the fear and the wonder of the five-year-old George suddenly uprooted from life in Los Angeles and exiled first to a horse stall at the Santa Anit...
  • Mark
    Sep 25, 2019
    This is an excellent graphic memoir by actor/author/activist George Takei, as he looks back at his childhood imprisonment in an American concentration camp during World War II. It is beautifully written and illustrated. A impressive surprise. This could be the best GN I will read this ...
  • Claire
    Aug 29, 2019
    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. Takei?s story, is bo...
  • Maria
    Aug 10, 2019
    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, ...
  • Paul  Hankins
    Jul 17, 2019
    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 hi...
  • KC
    Aug 15, 2019
    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! ...
  • Jeanne
    Jul 27, 2019
    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 Obama Ge...
  • Deborah
    Sep 17, 2019
    George Takei, who was Sulu of Star Trek, relates his childhood of being imprisoned during World War II by the U.S. government for around three years. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, approximately 120,000 of Japanese ancestry, who were living along the West coast regardless of U.S. c...
  • Lata
    Aug 09, 2019
    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 i...
  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    Sep 07, 2019
    Most of us know Takei as Lt. Sulu on Star Trek: The Original Series and its many movies. Here, he shares what it was like growing up as a Japanese-American child during WWII. They touched briefly on the Japanese internment "camps" when I was in high school, comparing it to the impr...
  • Stewart Tame
    Jul 31, 2019
    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 result...
  • Rod Brown
    Aug 07, 2019
    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...
  • Scott
    Oct 01, 2019
    "On February 19, 1942, seventy-four days after [the attack on] Pearl Harbor . . . [President Franklin Roosevelt] issued Executive Order# 9066. The order never used the word Japanese or camps - it authorized the military to declare areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded" ....
  • Katrina
    Jul 17, 2019
    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,...
  • David
    Jul 16, 2019
    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 more. It also helped me reco...
  • Natalie Joy
    Jul 17, 2019
    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, whateve...
  • Nicky
    Sep 12, 2019
    "Shame is a cruel thing. It should rest on the perpetrators, but they don't carry it the way the victims do.? ...
  • Oneirosophos
    Sep 02, 2019
    An absolute must-read, one of the most important made in USA graphic novels, period. Art, narration, conclude in a very emotional package, for one story known to few, with an epilogue extremely significant to every era. And this one. Because some people, unfortunately do not learn a...