Batavia Public Library

One Book, One Batavia 2022

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library in cooperation with Batavia High School and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.

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They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

In this sobering and thoughtful memoir, George Takei shares a firsthand account of his family’s internment in a “relocation center” for Japanese Americans during World War II. Takei movingly writes of his childhood innocence, his parents’ courage, and the fear and shame they experienced. George Takei, co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, and artist Harmony Becker, convey his family’s story in graphic memoir format.

Programs

Book Discussion
Tues., Feb. 8, 7:30 pm
Join us for an in-person discussion, led by a librarian, of They Called Us Enemy by George Takei. Participants are asked to read the book prior to the discussion.
This event is full.

The Japanese-American Internment:
A Manzanar Family History 
 
Thurs., Feb. 17, 7 pm
Batavia resident Ellen Huxtable tells her family’s experience in the Manzanar War Relocation Center (internment camp).
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Model Minority, Perpetual Foreigner, Yellow Peril: Challenging Old and New Stereotypes about Asian Americans
Wed., Feb. 23, 7 pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a resurgence of anti-Asian sentiment and violence in the United States. However, racist stereotypes about Asian Americans are nothing new and have strategically served the interests of those in power long before this moment. In this talk, Jenny Lee, Professor of English, Humanities, and Asian American Studies at the College of Lake County, will discuss the roots of anti-Asian violence in America and the ways in which anti-Asian stereotypes have emerged and evolved over time. Attendees will come away with strategies to recognize and challenge these stereotypes in their communities.
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About the Author

With an acting career spanning six decades, George Takei is known worldwide for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and human right issues. He was Cultural Affairs Chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League and is chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Co-author Justin Eisinger is Editorial Director, Graphic Novels & Collections for IDW Publishing.

Co-author Steven Scott has worked regularly in comics, most notably as a publicist.

Artist Harmony Becker is the creator of the comics Himawari Share, Love Potion, and Anemone and Catharus.

Programs

The ABC’s of Zazen – Zen Meditation
Tues., Mar. 1, 7 pm
Learn the basics of Zen and why meditation is central to our practice. Sensei June Ryushin Tanoue is a fully empowered Zen priest and teacher and has been practicing meditation since 1992. She is a co-founder of the Zen Life & Meditation Center, Chicago. She is originally from Hawaii and had relatives who were incarcerated at Heart Mountain during WWII. Limit: 15.
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Meet the Illustrator: 
Harmony Becker

Tues., Mar. 15, 7 pm 
Ever wonder how a graphic novel is designed?  We’ll talk to the illustrator of They Called Us Enemy by George Takei and learn how she worked with the famous author to put together his heart-wrenching memoir.
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Make Your
Own Graphic Memoir Page—

For Teens
Wed., Mar. 23, 7 pm
Teens, learn what graphic artists do to create their graphic novels. Illustrate your life story with this workshop on how to make a graphic memoir page.  Limit: 15.
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One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Batavia Public Library in cooperation with Batavia High School and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.