They Called Us Enemy

by

George Takei

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Fifth Column

Fifth Column is a general term that refers to any smaller group within a larger group that works to overthrow the larger group from within. In They Called Us Enemy, the U.S. government considers… read analysis of Fifth Column

Issei

Issei is the Japanese term for first-generation immigrants—those who came to the U.S. from Japan. read analysis of Issei

Nisei

Nisei is the Japanese word for second-generation immigrants, or those children born in the United States to Issei (first-generation immigrants). read analysis of Nisei

No-no

“No-no” is the term for prisoners in Japanese internment camps who answered no to two particular questions on a government questionnaire judging their loyalty to the U.S. read analysis of No-no

Sansei

Sansei is the Japanese term for third-generation Japanese immigrants, or those born to Japanese American parents who were themselves born in the U.S. read analysis of Sansei
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Yes-yes

Prisoners in Japanese internment camps who answered yes to two particular questions on a government questionnaire were called yes-yeses. The questionnaire was intended to judge their loyalty to the U.S. and their willingness to serve… read analysis of Yes-yes