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Citizen 13660 Paperback – January 1, 1983
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Many of the internment camps no longer exist and what remains, "are pieces of concrete, pipes, and wire," they are but a cemetery to the past. Mine Okubo has created a piece of living history and has produced a personal memoir for herself and the United States. This even should never be forgotten and should be a key portion of history that is taught within our private and public schools. Art is an expressive outlet that provides a means of releasing tension, anger, sadness, and anxiety. During the internment other artists and writers were creating profound works of art to communicate and further understand their own circumstances. For anyone that questions the relevance of this text a film that is worth watching is called, "9066 to 9/11." This film takes a look at the secretive footage taken by Japanese American Internees in the camps and corresponds their hardships and mistreatment with our current predicaments based on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
I do agree with the dark sense of humor within this novel. And I must say I like it. Life was hard for the Japanese. These camps were not easy and sometimes rather inhumane. The weather was extreme, the food was scarce, and there was absolutely no privacy. But Mine Okubo is able to take some terrible scenarios and laugh at her characters, which enables her audience to laugh. It also made me think about what it means to have freedom and privacy. Today, people rarely even talk to their parents and siblings, let alone, their neighbors. As depicted in this novel people were practically living on top of one another. And to be to find a sense of humor through it all shows an amazing sense of character.
Overall, I think this novel is a thoughtful, selfless, piece of art. It shouldn't lose credit for being a graphic novel, or lacking drama. It should be applauded for the value of the factual, overall picture painted within it. It should be applauded for allowing its readers to be affected in anyway that it may, the book world is full of tear jerkers, we don't need anymore soap opera text filling our minds with junk.
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A short memoir about life in the internment camps. Because not many books exist on this subject this book is a great peak into the historical period that is often times forgotten.Published 3 months ago by Nicholas Driscoll
Bought this for a class - so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. It's nuanced, detailed, descriptive, and wonderful - must read for everyone!Published 9 months ago by C. Wang
An important work on so many levels. Should be required reading in schools.Published 14 months ago by E.D. Writer
Mine' seems like a nice lady and I would like to have known her. Her sense of humor adds a seldom-found touch to this subject. Read morePublished 23 months ago by John H.
Great picture book -- I thought I book with so many pictures was going to lack in content. I was so wrong! Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Polyn
This book was needed for a college read. Grandson enjoy reading this book for history. Saved me money by buying on the internet.Published on June 5, 2013 by F Oliver