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An Important Record of Japanese Internment
When the United States interned citizens of Japanese descent during World War II, cameras and other recording technologies were forbidden. Miné Okubo's drawings and written account of internment are thus important as firsthand documentation of this experience. Additionally, her book makes for a fascinating read, as she details the social dynamics that emerged, the strategies for coping with boredom and privation, and the rituals of everyday life in the camps. Written in a relatively unemotional style with simple line drawings that nonetheless include a lot of detail, Okubo's account resists both sensationalism and assimilation into the narrative of American progress. I found that her lack of editorializing made me more angry at the treatment of the internees than if she had included a more overt denunciation of the internment. This book gives a fascinating account of a part of American history that my history textbooks only ever mentioned in passing. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.