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Citizen 13660

Okubo, Mine

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ISBN 10: 0405112874 / ISBN 13: 9780405112874
Published by Arno Press, 1978
Condition: Very Good Plus Hardcover
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Book is in great shape, clean and sharp all around, with a tight binding. Minor overall wear/aging, previous owner's information stamped to first page. Otherwise, a nice sturdy copy. Bookseller Inventory # 201241

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Title: Citizen 13660

Publisher: Arno Press

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

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Mine Okubo was one of 110,000 people of Japanese descent--nearly two-thirds of them American citizens -- who were rounded up into "protective custody" shortly after Pearl Harbor. Citizen 13660, her memoir of life in relocation centers in California and Utah, was first published in 1946, then reissued by University of Washington Press in 1983 with a new Preface by the author.

With 197 pen-and-ink illustrations, and poignantly written text, the book has been a perennial bestseller, and is used in college and university courses across the country.

"[Mine Okubo] took her months of life in the concentration camp and made it the material for this amusing, heart-breaking book. . . . The moral is never expressed, but the wry pictures and the scanty words make the reader laugh -- and if he is an American too -- blush." -- Pearl Buck

Read more about Mine Okubo in the 2008 UW Press book, Mine Okubo: Following Her Own Road, edited by Greg Robinson and Elena Tajima Creef.


A remarkably objective and vivid and even humorous account.... In dramatic and detailed drawings and brief text, she documents the whole episode... all that she saw, objectively, yet with a warmth of understanding.

(New York Times Book Review)

Originally published in 1946, Citizen 13660 is a documentation of life inside the World War II ‘relocation centers’ for those of Japanese ancestry. This oft-overlooked portion of American history is brought poignantly to life by Okubo’s expressive ink drawings and accompanying text.... Without a doubt, this book should be on required reading lists for high schools across the country.

(Allyce Amidon Foreword Reviews)

Miné Okubo’s work is a masterpiece in understatement and irony... [T]he book is a timely reminder of what racism can lead to in the United States.... Citizen 13660 is an invaluable contribution to the literature on discrimination against Japanese and other minorities and the continuing failures of the American legal system.

(Michael Serizawa Brown Pacific Northwest Quarterly)

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