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Gaijin: American Prisoner of War: 12/22/15

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner is a graphic novel account of life in a Japanese interment camp during WWII. Koji Miyamoto has a Japanese born father and an American born, white mother. In San Francisco, that's no big deal, until Pearl Harbor.

Koji is caught up in the wild speculation, thinking that maybe his father was part of the attack, even though he knows he was in Japan to care for a sick relative. Meanwhile he and his mother are forced to surrender everything and be relocated to an internment camp.

Koji falls into the wrong crowd there, joining a camp gang to be their scapegoat, something he doesn't realize until almost too late. Meanwhile there are other, positive role models who offer him a quieter path to wait for the world to regain its senses.

In the Afterword there is a brief explanation of the inspiration behind the book.

Five stars

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