Gaijin: American Prisoner of War
Gaijin opens with a gorgeous two-page spread, the Golden Gate bridge bird's eye view, dotted with foggy clouds and soaked in the blues of sky and water. Gulls fly t ...more
I do believe this is the first graphic novel I've read that portrayed the Japanese interment camps, and explored some of what Japanese Americans endured right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This is an important part of American history, and Koji's coming of age angst weaves well into the historical backdop. The art i ...more
I will buy a copy and encourage conversations about what is and is not in the visual and ...more
Gaijin: American prisoner of war was a cool and interesting book. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes comics and history.
important reading, should be in every jr. high and high school library in the u.s. should be in their history classrooms.
I had to read this book for a school paper where we had to compare how a historical event was presented in a graphic novel versus in prose accounts. My thesis was that the graphic novel was a better way to convey information because I enjoyed this graphic novel, and when I checked the facts it was very accurate. In addition, when I read prose accounts of the Japanese American Internment, I learned nothing more than from the graphic novel and [Gaijin: American Prisoner of War] was fun to read.
Koji Miyamoto has a white mother and a Japanese father. When Pearl Harbor is attacked Koji finds himself being forced into an internment camp. His mother joins him, despite being a white American citizen. Once they are taken to the internment camp, Koji learns that being half white at the camp is just as bad as being half Japanese on the streets of California. Based on true events, Koji's story is one of sadness, where fear made people pr ...more
It opens in San Francisco on the day of Koji Miyamoto's 13th birthday, the same day Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. His Caucasian mother works and manages the household while his Japanese fath ...more