WE HEREBY REFUSE

WE HEREBY REFUSE

Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration

by Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura

Illustrated by Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki

Published by: Chin Music Press Inc.

Imprint: Chin Music Press Inc.

160 Pages, 11.00 x 8.50 in, Color illustrations throughout

  • Paperback
  • 9781634059763
  • Published: May 2021

$19.95

Three voices. Three acts of defiance. One mass injustice. The story of camp as you’ve never seen it before. Japanese Americans complied when evicted from their homes in World War II -- but many refused to submit to imprisonment in American concentration camps without a fight. In this groundbreaking graphic novel, meet JIM AKUTSU, the inspiration for John Okada’s No-No Boy, who refuses to be drafted from the camp at Minidoka when classified as a non-citizen, an enemy alien; HIROSHI KASHIWAGI, who resists government pressure to sign a loyalty oath at Tule Lake, but yields to family pressure to renounce his U.S. citizenship; and MITSUYE ENDO, a reluctant recruit to a lawsuit contesting her imprisonment, who refuses a chance to leave the camp at Topaz so that her case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Based upon painstaking research, We Hereby Refuse presents an original vision of America’s past with disturbing links to the American present.