In the preface to the 1983 edition of her book Citizen 13660, Okubo wrote:
I was an American citizen, and because of the injustices and contradictions nothing made much sense, making things comical in spite of the misery.
- In what ways do you see this sentiment reflected in her drawings?
Okubo also wrote:
I am often asked, why am I not bitter and could this happen again? I am a realist with a creative mind, interested in people, so my thoughts are constructive. I am not bitter. I hope that things can be learned from this tragic episode, for I believe it could happen again.
—Miné Okubo, preface to the 1983 edition of Citizen 13660
- If you experienced what Okubo experienced by being incarcerated, and witnessed all that she did, do you think you would have feelings of bitterness? Why or why not?
- Do you believe that the incarceration of a group of people could happen again in the United States?
- Why do you think this could or could not happen?
- Does Okubo’s attitude provide any reassurance that injustices can be remedied even if not eliminated?