Gaijin American Prisoner of War San Francisco America has just declared war on Japan With a white mother and a Japanese father Koji Miyamoto quickly learns that his home is no longer a welcoming one Streetcars won t stop for

  • Title: Gaijin: American Prisoner of War
  • Author: Matt Faulkner
  • ISBN: 9781423137351
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Hardcover
  • San Francisco, 1941 America has just declared war on Japan.With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly learns that his home is no longer a welcoming one Streetcars won t stop for Koji, and his classmates accuse him of being an enemy spy When a letter arrives from the government notifying him that he must go to a relocation center for Japanese AmericSan Francisco, 1941 America has just declared war on Japan.With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly learns that his home is no longer a welcoming one Streetcars won t stop for Koji, and his classmates accuse him of being an enemy spy When a letter arrives from the government notifying him that he must go to a relocation center for Japanese Americans, he and his mother are forced to leave everything they know behind Once there, Koji soon discovers that being half white in the internment camp is just as difficult as being half Japanese in San Francisco.Koji s story, based on true events, is brought to life by Matt Faulkner s cinematic illustrations, which reveal Koji struggling to find his place in a tumultuous world one where he is a prisoner of war in his own country.

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    1. While World War II America is often portrayed in super-heroic terms, there was a lot of shady business going on. Gaijin brings to life in graphic form, I believe for the first time, a bit of this horrifying American history -- the imprisonment of Japanese Americans in internment camps after Pearl Harbor and through the end of the war.Gaijin opens with a gorgeous two-page spread, the Golden Gate bridge bird's eye view, dotted with foggy clouds and soaked in the blues of sky and water. Gulls fly t [...]

    2. Important story, stunning artwork. Intense subject matter. So glad it exists. Read it thinking I might booktalk it to elementary kids this summer, but didn't end up doing that. Might be a better candidate for middle schoolers next January.

    3. Japanese internment story based on the author/artist's own great-aunt's story. She was Irish, married a guy who was Japanese, they faced discrimination wherever they went as they had a "mixed" or "gaijin" son. Graphic history/memoir would work with any teaching unit on internment… and is complicated because of the mixed race issue and the fact the boy is very, very (and appropriately) angry, and acts out in his rage… so the ugliness happens all around, and is not swept under the carpet to cr [...]

    4. Book blurb: With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly realizes that his home in San Francisco is no longer a welcoming one after Pearl Harbor is attacked. I do believe this is the first graphic novel I've read that portrayed the Japanese interment camps, and explored some of what Japanese Americans endured right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This is an important part of American history, and Koji's coming of age angst weaves well into the historical backdop. The art i [...]

    5. I liked it, I do. I am reading as a middle school teacher and feel responsible to put 'good' books around them. The images are beautiful, powerful, but the narration is missing nuance and layer for middle schoolers, I think. I feel like the ending was abrupt. I went back thinking I missed pages, and in a way, I liked that Faulkner trusted the reader to fill in the gap. And I wonder about the mom's plot line? I will buy a copy and encourage conversations about what is and is not in the visual and [...]

    6. Visually stunning, this graphic novel brings to life an important time in American history. At the same time, it's a fantastic coming-of-age story as Koji, half-Japanese and half-Irish, struggles to fit in. Beautiful and powerful. LOVE!!!

    7. Didn't do much for me, maybe even more of a 2.5. Visually pretty well done, but a fairly simplistic story even though it's based on real people and events. It felt more appropriate for junior high age group than high schoolers and because that was the lens through which I was reading, it probably affected my judgment of it. In comparison to David Small's graphic novel Stitches or Gene Yang's American Born Chinese, it was disappointing--not nearly as thought-provoking or layered.

    8. Gaijin covers the story of a young 13 yo boy who is half American and half Japanese.The story covers the situation and treatment of Japanese Americans during WW2 when Pearl Harbour was attacked. Spectacular art work, however, the plot was too simplistic. It felt like the artist was checking off a list of requirements: a young angry boy, harassment from cops and civilians, the teacher-old man, etc, etcI guess you could say that this was a book to introduce the history of Japanese Internment to yo [...]

    9. Japanese-American Koji Miyamoto is celebrating his 13th birthday in San Francisco, California on December 7, 1941. That same day, Japanese pilots flew over Pearl Harbor, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, dropping bombs on an American Naval Station, immediately and forever changing the life of Koji and all Japanese-Americans across the US. Almost overnight, it seems as if everyone Koji formerly interacted with suddenly turns vehemently racist, hating anyone with even the smallest amount of Japanese [...]

    10. Koji Miyamoto, 13, his American mom and Japanese dad have been living a quiet life in San Francisco. But when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 all that changes immediately. Koji secretly fears his father may have been part of the attack since he was in Japan when it happened taking care of his sick father. At school, he is picked on by a group of bullies, the trolley operator won't let him on the board and the government has taken away the family radio, insinuating that all J [...]

    11. Koji Miyamoto and his mother, Adeline, live in San Francisco, but Koji's father is in Japan. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, Koji is on the recieving end of a lot of racial slurs and discrimination, even though he is American born. When his mother is told he will be sent to a relocation camp, she goes with him because he is so young. At the camp, he is bullied because he is not Japanese enough, and the other boys push him around and call his mother a "floozy" for talking to soldiers. He makes frien [...]

    12. Gaijin, American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner – Graphic Novel – High School – This is one of the most powerful graphic novels I’ve read in a long while. It introduces a young man, Koji, who just learned that Pearl Harbor has been bombed. His father is away caring for family in Japan. His mother receives notice that Koji who is half Japanese is being sent to an internment camp. His mother joins him on this move losing most of the family’s belongings in the process. Koji is treated p [...]

    13. Overall I found GAIJIN a really moving graphic novel that does an excellent job showing the unjust internment system and the parallels between that intense discrimination that Japanese Americans faced and the discriminations faced by other groups during the Holocaust and a post-9/11 America in particular. A few things didn't sit well with me, in particular the protagonist's slut-shaming of his mother, which I COULD read more into to justify it's inclusion, but which didn't feel was rejected by t [...]

    14. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, half Japanese, Koji and his white mom are left with a choice to be separated while Koji is sent to an internment camp or to stay together. Koji's dad is in japan caring for his elderly parents when all this happens. Koji and his mom decide to stay together. Being half-white in the camp proves to be just as difficult as being half Japanese on the streets of San Francisco. This graphic novel is based on the artist's own great-aunt and what she endured to stay wit [...]

    15. Faulkner's artwork in this work of coming-of-age historical fiction is extraordinary, and could nearly convey the whole story without the assistance of dialogue. An afterword provides stirring personal context for this story of internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II, and the whole project is quite timely with the debut of George Takei's musical "Allegiance." This would complement the classic Farewell to Manzanar beautifully as an entry text for learning about this period of American hi [...]

    16. Gaijin: American Prisoner of war, is a book about the camps for the Japanese in America during world war 2. In the beginning, Gaijin thinks that the camp is hard to get use to because he can't find his father, but later he gets use to the changes.Gaijin: American prisoner of war was a cool and interesting book. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes comics and history.

    17. i'd give this this 4.5 stars just because it is a story, quite real and quite true, beautifully illustrated and made me really angry. his use of font size, placement and choice reminded me of virginia lee burton. important reading, should be in every jr. high and high school library in the u.s. should be in their history classrooms.

    18. A graphic novel about the Japanese relocation camps during WWII. One of the few graphic novels about this subject, it gives the reader insight into what life was like for children and teens growing up in this type of environment.

    19. Wonderful graphic novel based on the author's family. Set in San Francisco at the start of the war, the story follows Nissei Koji and his American mother as they are moved to an internment camp. Great art and excellent story.

    20. Amazing story. It opened a discussion at the dinner table tonight about war and peace and our collective humanity.

    21. Feel free to throw this at anyone that thinks a registry of any type of American is a good idea ever.Reading Helps You Learn.

    22. It’s not fair, why is this happening? The year is 1941 and America has just declared war on Japan. Koji’s father has returned to Japan for family matters a while back and now Koji and his mother are alone in San Francisco, when this news hits. Being of mixed race, Koji immediately begins to feel discrimination towards him, in every part of his world. Concerned over his father’s whereabouts, Koji world is becoming smaller and more limited as the war progresses. Word is sent that he must lea [...]

    23. With such an important topic--and the graphic novel format easily accessible for younger readers--I was really hoping for more from Gaijin. This detail from history is often glanced over in history classes, but deserves more attention. I appreciate Faulkner creating this work; and since his family has direct ties to this event, I thought it would truly mirror the situation with great emotion and sensitivity. Overall, however, I found the characters to be rather under-developed. Many aspects of K [...]

    24. Gainjin is the story of a thirteen-year old Japanese American boy in 1941 San Francisco whose life changes significantly after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and America enters WWII. Koji experiences increasing prejudice from the white community and is eventually relocated along with his mother to an American internment camp for Japanese where he faces more racism, cold, hunger, and confusion about his mother. Faulkner’s illustrations clearly depict Koji as bi-racial, giving the reader context [...]

    25. Although fictionalize, the events in the story reflect true events.I loved the fast pace, earthy pallet of the novel. The environments of San Fan, the interment camps. Japan after the war; every single environment lead to the narrative. I loved that the author was not afraid to show the ugliness of the American officers during WWII. No, this is a story of how innocent people were judge based on their skin and heritage. I'm glad that the mother stuck with the son, even though she was never to be [...]

    26. Great art, difficult to like main character, who has reason to be difficult to likeThis tale by Matt Faulkner tells the intense tale of a young man torn from his home to go to an internment camp for Japanese Americans. He is half caucasian and half Japanese, and he gets it from all sides. The kids in the camp are hostile to him, his country is hostile to him.This is not the standard tale of a victim - the main character Koji lashes out at others constantly. It's understandable considering the ci [...]

    27. 3.5 - A great introduction to Japanese incarceration (in graphic novel form) for middle grade readers. Based on the experience of the author's great-aunt, the story follows a half-Japanese/half-white preteen in San Francisco as he experiences backlash from Pearl Harbor. The book feels like it's racing through to touch on as many key points as possible, which leaves the story feeling somewhat hollow. The part that bothered me the most was Koji being bullied by the other boys--in creating an enemy [...]

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