Apr 06, 2017gbohomegirl7 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Even though it was published 60 years ago, this book doesn't feel dated. The issues of isolation, identity, and self-doubt transcend the decades and make you wonder what you would have done under similar circumstances. What is admirable about this book is that it was written by a yes-yes boy who showed his patriotism by service but who sought to understand the other point of view, patriotism by protest. The yes-yes boys earned honor, dignity, & respect back for the Japanese community. Gordon Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu, and Minoru Yasui were instrumental in procuring the apology & reparations from the U.S. government. The correctness of the responses to the questionnaire depended on each individual and what he believed. Either way, it was a difficult road. History has shown that both choices were necessary under the circumstances. The author of "No-No Boy" seemed to have an inkling of that 60 years ago before most of us knew any better.