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text 2020-01-01 19:27
My December 2019
Becoming - Michelle Obama
Still: Die Bedeutung von Introvertierten in einer lauten Welt - Susan Cain
They Called Us Enemy - Steven Scott,Justin Eisinger,George Takei,Harmony Becker
Just One of the Royals (The Chicago Falcons #2) - Kate Rooper,Leah Rooper
the princess saves herself in this one - ladybookmad,Amanda Lovelace
Der Atlas der Besonderen Kinder - Ransom Riggs
 Der Mensch ist böse: Wahre Kriminalgeschichten-wahre Abgründe - Julian Hannes
Becoming - 5 stars
Still: Die Bedeutung von Introvertierten in einer lauten Welt - dnf
They Called Us Enemy - 5 stars
Just One of the Royals (The Chicago Falcons #2) - 4 stars
the princess saves herself in this one - 4 stars
Der Atlas der Besonderen Kinder - 3 stars
Der Mensch ist böse: Wahre Kriminalgeschichten-wahre Abgründe - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month:

Becoming, They Called Us Enemy

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet:

These Broken Stars, Solitaire

 

Random ramblings:

What a month. I didn't think I would get that much reading in but damn, I did good!!!!
I dnf'd one book, that has been on my tbr for the whole year that I never actually went back to and so I decided to just put it away. Maybe I will get back to it in the future. Who know LOL 
Also this is my weirdest wrap up ever, what a weird mixture of genres.

 
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review 2019-12-11 16:11
They Called Us Enemy!!!
They Called Us Enemy - Steven Scott,Justin Eisinger,George Takei,Harmony Becker

Summary: Long before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

 

My review: Wow, just wow!!!

 

This was intense. This was heartbreaking. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.

 

While reading this, I felt like the most ignorant prick in the world, cause I had abolutely no idea that this was something that happened. I shouldn't be surprised, though. Humans do the worst things to other humans that are just a bit different, even though they neer have done anything wrong. It fucking sucks.

 

Especially towards the end, when some parallels were drawn, I found myself getting really angry about the fact that there is JUST NO LEARNING FROM THE PAST. Shit like that keeps getting repeated AND IT'S PISSING ME OFF.

 

What is wrong with the world?!?!?!

 

(on a happier note I seriously don't know where and how to put it, but the art work was stunning. I loved the fact that it was all black and white, that it wasn't colorful)

 
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review 2019-11-26 00:01
They Called Us Enemy
They Called Us Enemy - Steven Scott,Justin Eisinger,George Takei,Harmony Becker

I think the book did a great job of representing a lot about Japanese Internment that doesn't get covered other places. Like just how complicated it was for so many of the people incarcerated. I'd never heard a story like George Takei's mother's story.

 

I liked the smaller beats within the story as well, like the train ride to Arkansas or eating in the mess halls (covered in plenty of literature, but still interesting in this comic). 

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review 2019-11-19 00:12
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei et al
They Called Us Enemy - Steven Scott,Justin Eisinger,George Takei,Harmony Becker

Date Published: July 16, 2019

Format: Paperback

Source: Own copy

Date Read: November 9, 2019

 

Review:

A history of the Executive Order 9066 and how it affected his family and his community that was seen by a seven year old boy and then later as a teenager/young adult who had his early activism influenced by what had happened and long talks with his dad. Later, Takei would use his story to show the how horribly inhumane the Trump administration and policies are. There are mentions of his play Allegiance as well as start in acting, including his meeting Nichelle Nichols before Star Trek was even an idea floating around Hollywood. But the story mostly centers on telling the story of Japanese and Japanese-Americans during WWII. I thought I knew the story of the Japanese internment/concentration camps, but I learned a few new things - such as their were conscientious objectors who refused to sign a loyalty card to FDR/USA at the same time others in the camps were signing up to join the US Army in an all-Japanese unit. There were varying degrees of camps and went as far as Arkansas (where the Takeis were originally, then moved to the horror that was Methune camp in California). 

 

My favorite part of the book was the conversations with his father, with his father giving his insights into the hows and whys of the work Daddy Takei did both in and out of the camps. This was a departure from most within the Japanese community who lived through the internments, as they were more likely never to speak of what happened to anyone, lest of all the younger generations. The Takei family are a special group of people. 

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text 2019-11-17 00:04
24 Festive Tasks, Door 2: November 3rd Japanese Culture Day Finished!
They Called Us Enemy - Steven Scott,Justin Eisinger,George Takei,Harmony Becker

 

Door 2: November 3rd Japanese Culture Day

 

Book: I read The Called Us Enemy by George Takei et al. 

 

Task 1: Wichita is known as the Air Capital of the World, so my culture festival is the Wichita Air Show and in general military air shows. Last held in 2018, McConnell AFB's air show had an open house, when non-DoD ID holders could come on base to designated areas to check out our aircraft and watch the different aviator groups show off their skills. These airshows are very important to the Air Force - especially in terms of building/maintaining civilian-military relationships and in recruitment. We had them at Beale and there were crowds 3 people deep. In the UK, the USAF was always invited to the air show RAF would put on, both as spectators and as planned entertainment. 

 

It takes a lot of manpower not just to put this on but to plan and coordinate and in the back of the house (such as police and emergency services) to be all on the same page in the event of an accident and keep things clean and ready for the viewing public. But the ROI justifies these shows.

 

Task 2: I ordered a small variety pack of different flavors of Kit Kats from Amazon this morning. I'm most interested in trying the matcha tea flavor and some of the fruit flavors.

 

Edited to add November 16, 2019: they finally arrived! So the taste testers were myself, my sister-in-law, and my two kids. 

So I bought a variety pack that included non-Kit Kat Japanese candy that my kids tried and liked. But here is our committee's final rankings:

1. Dried Cranberries & Almond - this is their "luxury" flavor and is only one bar in package.

2. Roasted Chestnuts - enough nut flavor to handle the chocolate, but not over powering

3. Cappuccino - smells like a coffee shop and actually tastes like a cappuccino

4. Dark Chocolate - not as sweet as the original bar and honestly tastes better - even the kids were into this and they are not really into dark chocolate

5. Light Matcha Green Tea - disappointed that this one did not place higher, considering I enjoy all things tea

6. Apple Pie - smelled more like lavender and tasted like sadness

7. Sweet Potato - smelled like chemicals and WAY TOO OVERPOWERING of flavor profile

8. Dark Matcha Green Tea - the one that my candy loving kids spit out. It had a grainy texture to it in my opinion. My sister-in-law had to refill her water glass to drink more water and get the taste out of her mouth.

 

*Strawberry was eaten by my husband - he thought it was good but he couldn't really tell due to being sick

 

Task 3: 

 

Yeah, I threw in the towel when we had to do steps 5-7 on the other side of the paper. Here is my attempt.

 

Task 4: 

 

Courtesy of the base commissary, lunch was served - sushi, miso soup, seaweed salad, and rice crackers. All washed down with American Coca-Cola. I didn't eat breakfast that morning and ended up not eating dinner after this big meal.

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