One Book, One San Diego

The 2020 selection is “They Called Us Enemy by George Takei


"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?

The Graphic Novel is available digitally on Libby, digitally and always available in English and in Spanish on Hoopla or in print through our catalog.

Join one of our Virtual Programs

KPBS One Book, One San Diego Kickoff With George Takei, Tuesday, September 22, 7 p.m.

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.  

Panel Discussion with the Japanese Historical Society, Tuesday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.

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. 

Artist Interview with Wendy Maruyama, Wednesday, October 7, 12:00 p.m.

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. 


Book Discussion with First Tuesday Page Turners, Tuesday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.

Book Discussion with LGBTQ Book Club, Thursday, October 8, 4:00 p.m.

Listen in on a Staff Book Discussion on Facebook, Monday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.

Virtual Author Event for Tweens & Teens, ages 10-15, Thursday, October 22, 10:00 a.m.

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

Virtual Author Event for Teens & Young Adults, ages 15-20, Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.

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