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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  4,143 ratings  ·  849 reviews
A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in World War II-era Japanese internment camps.

Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother, Ernestina, was forcibly relocated to during World War II.

These displacements keep occurring until Kik
Paperback, 283 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by First Second
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
This graphic novel is a great dose of education and enlightenment when it comes to the Japanese Incarceration camps in the 1940’s so if you’re looking to be more aware of this history, I recommend!
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I fully expect this to win awards this year. Kiku Hughes gives her family's story of the Japanese incarceration during WWII a "Devil's Arithmetic" spin as she tries to piece together what it might have been like for her grandmother, and also makes a heartbreaking point about the long term, generations spanning effect it had on Japanese Americans. ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Displacement is an absolutely stunning story of time travel in which a young biracial Japanese-American girl finds herself abruptly transporting back to the time her grandmother spent in US internment/incarceration camps. Kiku is a lovable narrator who's easy to sympathize with, and it's heart-breaking not only to watch her learn all of these tragic things she didn't know about her own grandmother, but also to watch her slowly come to terms with her own time in the internment camp, as she has no ...more
Rod Brown
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
With a nod to Octavia Butler, Kiku Hughes imagines her teenage self getting cast back into time, literally following the footsteps of her teen grandmother into an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.

This is an excellent companion to George Takei's They Called Us Enemy, showing how these events can reverberate through the generations that follow. Hughes also ties those past events to the modern politics of Donald Trump, demonstrating the importance of remembering, sharing,
As someone who lives in America, I'm embarrassed to say that this is one of those topics that I don't know all that much about. While I know that it happened, I don't know to what degree, or what actually happened. And while I blame the education system here as always, I blame myself, too. I've never made a conscious effort to really learn about this event, the way I have with other events (especially in this period of time), and it's imperative that this cycle be changed.

Kiku is taken back in
Elena L.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
While visiting San Francisco with her mother, Kiku is "displaced" in time to witness her grandmother Ernestina's experiences in WWII. In current days, Kiku experiences the effects of Trump-era America.

Part fiction part autobiography, through gorgeous illustration and smooth color pallete, this graphic novel centers around Japanese and Japanese Americans who were incarcerated by US Government in incarceration camps during WWII. Little is known about the incarceration camps in history due to shame
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: American history enthusiasts,
Our connection to the past is not lost, even if we don't have all the documents, even if we never learn the details. The memories of community experiences stay with us and continue to affect our lives. The persecution of a marginalized group of people is never just one act of violence- it's a condemnation of generations to come who live with the ongoing consequences. We may suffer from these traumas, but we can also use them to help others and fight for justice in our own time. Memories are po ...more
Emma Rund
4.5 stars

We don’t learn nearly enough about the atrocity of Japanese internment camps, and because of our collective ignorance, we’re letting it happen all over again to our Muslim and Latinx neighbors. It’s unacceptable and it is our job to fight it.

What better way to make history easy and accessible than to put it into a graphic novel? This is a great starting point, but don’t forgot to keep learning after this.
Kate Olson
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such an important and powerful graphic novel about Japanese internment/incarceration camps - also tied to Trump’s racist and xenophobic policies. On top of the excellent writing and importance of the subject matter, I loved the clean lines and consistent color palette throughout the book. Despite the horrible topic, it is aesthetically pleasing and soothing to the eye.
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel tells the story of a young woman who is a descendant of one of the Japanese-Americans that was sent to an internment camp during World War II. Mysteriously, she is displaced in time and experiences the internment camps first-hand. There's something really authentic about this story. My grandfather was a nisei Japanese (second-generation), and he never taught us Japanese (even though he could speak it), talked much about Japanese culture, or talked about his war experiences. Th ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Kiku finds herself displaced in time from 2016 America to 1943. Imprisoned with her grandmother in the Japanese internment, she has to struggled to survive by herself, alone, surrounded by guards with guns and other prisoners.

This was a fascinating and heartbreaking book showing the depths and scope of generational trauma through the years, and the ways the United States government and white Americans have stomped on Asian (particularly Japanese) Americans while simultaneously upholding them as
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This story is an interesting mix of fact and fiction. The author writes about an alternate reality in which she, at age 17, was transported back in time to the 1940s to catch glimpses of her grandmother as a teen. Her grandmother was one of roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans forced into an internment camp during WWII. Teenage Kiku finds herself living next door to her grandmother's family in an un-insulated wooden barrack in the Topaz, Arizona camp. But she is unable to gather the courage to mee ...more
Paula M
"Being from the Future meant very little when my education on the past was so limited"

Displacement is the first graphic novel I've ever read and I'm so glad I picked it up. I'm actually terrified to review this, NOT because its a graphic novel, but because the book is SO important I'm afraid I won't be able to emphasize that. I will put it out there that I'm not an expert when it comes with American History. However, I am well aware of the darker parts of it. One being what the Japanese American
The artwork is lovely and I cried a lot. Read via library (and then purchased a kindle copy as it’s currently on sale for $2.99).
This was a wonderful memoir/history lesson and reminder that it’s terribly easy for a government to strip some of its citizens and immigrants of rights through mischaracterization and demonization. The author draws parallels with her own family’s experiences during WWII of being dispossessed of their homes, livelihoods and rights and being sent to internment camps, with the current day dangerous and sickening rhetoric spouted by populist leaders, and the incredibly harmful actions stemming from ...more
Absolutely fantastic middle grade graphic novel - a mix of memoir and fiction - that should be required reading for all ages. This is about the power of memory, of sharing stories, generational trauma and its ripple effects, the power of history and how incredibly relevant it is today. The illustrations are beautiful and Kiku is such a relatable character to take this journey with. Highly recommend.

Thank you to First Second and Netgalley for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest r
Eva B.
I'm always disappointed but not surprised to learn about the amount of Americans who don't know about the Japanese internment camps of the 1940s; along with the Tulsa massacre, they're one of the most vital to know about yet still undertaught topics in the curriculum (when they even appear at all). While I had expected Kiku's grandmother to feature more heavily in the book, I ended up really appreciating the decision for her not to be a major character, as a strong theme is Kiku's feelings o
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I loved this graphic novel. In a time where racist behaviour is being shamed, here is a new take on an old story. During the second World War, Japanese Americans were rounded up and moved to internment camps. These were citizens of the USA. Many of them born and raised there, yet the advent of war meant that they were treated with suspicion.

We meet Kiku, who with her mum is on a trip to a museum, sitting outside she is overcome with a strange feeling, mist and clouds swirl around her and she is
Aug 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i really don't know how I feel about rating this book- it isn't in my place to rate. I mean, you can't truly rate history. Through this book, I learned and became so aware of so much my history classes for so many years just passed over without the proper learning on this tough subject. The art style and story behind this were absolutely incredible as well! ...more
Jana (HokuGirlReads)
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the author gave a unique and riveting perspective on the internment camps by having Kiku be a modern day teen who has been affected by what we have and have not passed down in our stories and histories for many reasons leaving gaps in our family’s educational backgrounds. Instead of jumping into someone who automatically knows what’s going on in the 1940s Kiku acts as a much more compelling agent to find some truths she has been missing. I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot and would def ...more
Priyank Vora
Aug 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved how this book explains oppression....
And the fantasy elements were a bonus😉
Hughes acknowledges Octavia Butler as an inspiration for this fictionalized story about traveling back in time and living through the Japanese American internment camps of the 1940s. Unfortunately, as Hughes also laments in her notes, she didn't have a lot of first hand accounts from her grandmother's experiences, so it wasn't as powerful as They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, whose first-hand account of the years in the camps as a child revealed the poor treatment of the Japanese-Americans.

Sulagna Mondal
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kiku Hughes' Displacement is a part fiction - part bsed on real life, graphic novel. In Displacement, Kiku Hughes spins her grandmother's struggles in the Japanese internment camps, in a form of time-travelling fantasy fiction. Kiku finds herself back in time in the 1940s when her mother takes her to San Francisco to visit her grandmother's childhood house. After finding herself temporarily displaced to the past a couple of times, she gets permanently stuck in the past. As she follows her young ...more
Elizabeth A
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-ya, graphix, 2020
Book blurb: A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in World War II-era Japanese internment camps in Displacement, a historical graphic novel from Kiku Hughes.

I'm not sure how to classify this graphic novel. It's labeled as historical fiction, yet the characters in this story are the author, her family, and other Japanese rounded up after Pearl Harbor in the US. The "displacement" is a nod to Octavia Butler, and I appreciated the exploration of the trauma of wh
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-reviews
DISPLACEMENT is a fascinating graphic novel that transports the main character and the reader to the 1940s internment/incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent and Japanese Americans. Kiku is in San Francisco with her mother when discussions about regulating immigration by religion and/or race are occurring (present day) when she finds herself transported back to the time of World War II and sees her grandmother at a concert, along with signs of discrimination against Japanese Americans, ev ...more
Matthew Galloway
I am not in slightest ashamed at how much this one had me tearing up at the end. It did such a good job of exploring both the Japanese internment camps in the U.S. and the gaps that form in family histories. It also delves into identity of later generations in the U.S. and how you fit in when you're mixed race and don't have all the connections to your heritage.

It also made me realize how much I didn't really know about the camps. I was aware that they existed and have some random bits of knowle
3.5. I really loved the illustrations in this book. This is my color palette to a T. I thought the idea of the displacements was intriguing and right away I thought of Octavia Butler (Hughes thanks her in the acknowledgements). This book is a mix of fact and fiction. It's about Hughes' family's history of Japanese internment during WWII. It's also got those fantastical elements and parts are tweaked because the silence of Japanese internment made it difficult for Hughes to form a complete pictur ...more
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
kind of a kindred-esque (there is a very sweet note about octavia butler in the acknowledgements) take on a japanese family's experience in incarceration camps during wwii. initially I thought the art style and the writing felt flat and wasn't the most richly imagined story i've read, but the end section was so smart and touching. it works really well as an example of generational trauma and the value of memory, as well as debunking some myths about interment and its effects on japanese american ...more
Sophie Ligaya dela Cruz
Stories like these are so important! I wish that I could go back in time like Kiku did in this book — I wish that I could walk the paths my ancestors walked and know what they’ve been through. but since we can’t be displaced with preternatural dust, we should do as Kiku did, and educate ourselves about the past. This was so emotional and powerful and I appreciate it
Cass Moskowitz
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me breathless. I don’t even know how to put into words how beautiful this story was to read. This story, the one of both a granddaughter of an internment camp survivor, and that of the internment camp itself, is a hard one to tell. There’s a story that feels like it’s not yours to give life to and yet, through the brilliant addition of a bit of speculative fiction, Kiku tells the story masterfully. The feeling of “displacement” is real and throughout the book and it’s not gimmicky ...more
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