Miné Okubo

Okubo's graphic memoir seems timely even 72 years after it was published. Okubo was one of the  American citizens of Japanese descent, who were placed in "relocation centers" following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, authorizing the "displacement of people of Japanese ancestry from the Western United States" (vii). Okubo documented her life in these centers thereby giving the world a rare source showing what life was like in the camps, especially since no photography was allowed within the area. Her line drawings with text are extensive (nearly two hundred of them) and the accompanying text is poignant. A must read!

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Image: Cover

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Image: Okubo, Miné, Citizen 13660. Page 23

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Image: Okubo, Miné, Citizen 13660. Page 53