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One Book, One San Diego

One Book, One San Diego is our region's premier literary program, presented in partnership between KPBS and over 80 public libraries, service organizations, and educational institutions. Now in its 14th year, the purpose is to bring our community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

The 2020 Selection

They Called Us Enemy

by George Takei

This year's adult and teen selection is George Takei's They Called Us Enemy. In this powerful graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in Japanese American internment camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II.

Read the ebook for free.

Lea el libro electrónico gratis.

The book may also be checked out in print format.

About the Author

George Takei is known worldwide for playing Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. But Takei's story goes where few have gone before. After a childhood spent in Japanese American internment camps during WWII, he has become a leading figure in the fight for social justice and LGBTQ rights.

Explore Japanese American Internment

Japanese American National Museum
Use the Japanese-American experience to teach youth about broader issues of community, social justice, civil rights, and democracy.

Densho Encyclopedia
A free online resource about the history of the Japanese American World War II exclusion and incarceration experience.

Educator Resources from Manzanar State Historic Site
Tools to learn about World War II, the internment of Japanese Americans. Spark discussions about how identity shapes one’s experience in America.

Japanese-American Internment Experience (California State Library)
Build an understanding of the Japanese-American experience during World War II. The challenges you face and the choices you make along the way will determine your future.

They Called Us Enemy Reading List

Read more about U.S. internment camps, and Japanese history and culture.


This program is made possible by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, with additional support from the Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Payne Family Foundation, the City of San Diego, Lloyd Pest Control, and Kaiser Permanente.

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