On December 7, 1941, Mine Okubo's life changed forever. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mine Okubo and many other persons of Japanese ancestry in the United States understood the implications this attack would have on their lives. Okubo's fears were realized when she was involuntarily evacuated in the spring 1942 (Okubo 18). While detained, Okubo begins to piece together a graphic novel that will become known as Citizen 13660.
[...] Mine Okubo's writing in Citizen 13660 tells a different story—the story of a marginalized group that, if given the opportunity, would appreciatively assimilate into American life. Okubo's writing also depicts a people, who identified as Americans, but were not seen as Americans, and a people to whom the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was also a painful experience. Okubo makes this sentiment obvious when she writes, fears came true with the declaration of war against Japan (Okubo As a loyal American, and Japanese American, Okubo knew the implications of this declaration of war. [...]
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