"They Called Us Enemy” is a graphic memoir, co-written with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and illustrated by artist Harmony Becker, recounting Takei’s haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II.
The book questions “What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do?
Scroll down for recorded video. The program will also feature a performance by Genbu Daiko from our partners at the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego and an interview with Mr. George Takei and KPBS Arts and Culture reporter, Beth Accomando.
In this one hour event, a brief history of San Diego’s Japanese American community will be followed by presentations from the panelists, detailing and comparing their experiences with those described by George Takei in his graphic novel. Watch the recording on our YouTube page.
Furniture maker, artist and educator Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for over 40 years. She will be discussing her work, specifically E.O. 9066 and Tag Project. Watch the recording on our IGTV.
Specific to Students, this live virtual event with the creators of our 2020 One Book, One San Diego, They Called Us Enemy. Actor and activist George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott and Harmony Becker will be joining us for this special event, created just for students aged 10-15. Register through Eventbrite
This live virtual event with the author of our 2020 One Book for Teens, They Called Us Enemy. Actor and activist George Takei will be joining us for this special event, is created just for students aged 15-20. Register through Eventbrite