Summary: Long before George Takei 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.
My review: Wow, just wow!!!
This was intense. This was heartbreaking. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.
While reading this, I felt like the most ignorant prick in the world, cause I had abolutely no idea that this was something that happened. I shouldn't be surprised, though. Humans do the worst things to other humans that are just a bit different, even though they neer have done anything wrong. It fucking sucks.
Especially towards the end, when some parallels were drawn, I found myself getting really angry about the fact that there is JUST NO LEARNING FROM THE PAST. Shit like that keeps getting repeated AND IT'S PISSING ME OFF.
What is wrong with the world?!?!?!
(on a happier note I seriously don't know where and how to put it, but the art work was stunning. I loved the fact that it was all black and white, that it wasn't colorful)