Citizen 13660

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Mine Okubo was one of more than a hundred thousand people of Japanese descent - nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens - who were forced into "protective custody" shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Citizen 13660, Okubo's illustrated memoir of life in relocation centers in California and Utah, illuminates this experience with poignant drawings and witty, candid text.

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Mine Okubo was one of more than a hundred thousand people of Japanese descent - nearly two-thirds of whom were American citizens - who were forced into "protective custody" shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Citizen 13660, Okubo's illustrated memoir of life in relocation centers in California and Utah, illuminates this experience with poignant drawings and witty, candid text.

This classic in Asian American literature and American history, with a new introduction by Christine Hong, is available for the first time in both a traditional paperback format and an artist's edition, oversize and in hardcover to better illustrate the innovative artwork as originally envisioned by Okubo.

"[Mine Okubo] took her months of life in the concentration camp and made it the material for this amusing, heartbreaking book. . . . The moral is never expressed, but the wry pictures and the scanty words make the reader laugh - and if he is an American too - blush." - Pearl Buck

"A remarkably objective and vivid and even humorous account. . . . In dramatic and detailed drawings and brief text, [Okubo] documents the whole episode . . . all that she saw, objectively, yet with a warmth of understanding." - New York Times Book Review

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  • ISBN-13: 9780295993928
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 314,941
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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!

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