ALA Annual 2019 – George Takei, Team on ‘They Called Us Enemy’

ALA Annual 2019 – George Takei, Team on ‘They Called Us Enemy’

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What other sort of key
themes… I heard you mention resilience earlier, and the
thrust for democracy. Are there any other themes that are large takeaways, that you
hope the readers feel when they complete reading the book. When they put the book down and are done, what would you like the person to sort
of have taken away. My mission in life, having had that experience, which made me my identity, is as an American, we all need to participate and make our democracy a
truer democracy. We were talking last night about how in a couple of years,
well hopefully sooner than that, the children who are currently in
deportation centres right now will have the chance to read this book and see
that, even though they went through a really traumatic experience of being in
prison for not doing anything, maybe see themselves in George and see that they
could become, you know, an icon to lots of people. They can use their voices to
change the United States, to change history. So hopefully, [clapping] It’s incredible to
look out and see so many faces and people and know that you’re all librarians doing an incredible mission for reading and for education and for just
helping everyone, hopefully, live their best lives. As far as this book,
it exists for many of the same reasons I believe many of you are librarians, we
want to pass information on to a new generation of people.

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