WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration
December 12, 2021 7:40 AM - Subscribe

We Hereby Refuse captures not only the wave of uncertainty that swept through the Japanese American incarceration camps during the second World War under Executive Order 9066, but also the remarkable surge of defiance that proliferated in response.

Following the lives of resisters Jim Akutsu, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and Mitsuye Endo through both camp and court, the graphic novel catapults the reader into a not-so-distant past when the rights of Japanese Americans were heavily debated by their government. As they are categorized as IV-C (a Selective Service classification reserved for enemy aliens), separated from family, stripped of their jobs and homes, and tossed from camp to camp, each incarceree is left with an important decision to make: To remain silent, or to stand up and fight.

(book description from Discover Nikkei)
posted by The corpse in the library (1 comment total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I appreciate how much this book covers the division within the Japanese-American population before, with the different ideas about how to fight back (or if they should fight back at all) -- this isn't a subject I know anything about, so it was all new and interesting.
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:42 AM on December 12, 2021

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