An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner

I didn't have high expectations of this book, so I wasn't that disappointed by it.

 

It's an interesting story: biracial kid gets sent to the Internment camps (but I'm pretty sure the camp/place he was sent in the book is fake... which just, why?). But the story is pretty thin. I don't understand Koji's relationship with his father. I don't understand his relationship with his racial identity. I don't understand why he gives into the other boys at camp (Koji is really pathetic until the time jump at the end).

 

Other people seem to really like the art style, but it didn't do much for me. I'm not a huge fan of Koji's blue eyes either. It's clear from the story he's biracial. He doesn't need the blue eyes to signify that he's part white.

 

There's a note about the author's family and their story that inspired him to write the book, but I wish there were more of a historical note given at the end. I was always under the impression that non-Japanese people weren't allowed in the camps. I think Jeanne Wakatsuki mentions a non-Japanese (non-white as well?) woman at Manzanar who is passing as Japanese so she can stay with her family. I could be wrong though, so some context would have been nice: were there other families where the non-Japanese members went to camp too, were there some places that split families up, etc.