George Takei to publish graphic novel on his childhood in US internment camp
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George Takei — a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border with Mexico — is releasing a graphic novel about growing up in a U.S. internment camp.

In “They Called Us Enemy,” the “Star Trek” star “revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese-Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II,” according to its publisher.

The graphic novel will offer a “firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the terrors and small joys of childhood in the shadow of legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s tested faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future,” a news release says.


Takei, 81, told CNN last month that history was “repeating itself” and that America had found a “new low with Donald Trump.”

“When we were incarcerated, our families were intact. My parents were with me,” said Takei, a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE.

“But in this case, it’s come to a chilling low where babies are torn away from their mothers and placed in separate internment camps,” he added.

Last month, facing bipartisan backlash, Trump signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating immigrant families who cross the southern border illegally.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled late last month that the Trump administration had two weeks to reunite children under 5 with their parents and had 30 days to complete the reunifications for older children.

Takei’s book, a collaboration with co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, as well as artist Harmony Becker, is poised to be released in 2019.

The Takei project is being created by Top Shelf Productions, the same company that published Rep. John LewisJohn LewisWhat's at stake if Trump wins in 2024? Single-party authoritarian rule A holistic approach to climate equity Senate Judiciary squares off over John Lewis voting rights bill MORE’s (D-Ga.) series of graphic novels called “March.”

The third installment of Lewis’s autobiographical trilogy — which chronicles his experience in the civil rights movement — won a National Book Award in 2016.