BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.3484@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20120302T000000Z DTEND:20120302T000000Z DESCRIPTION:&quot\;No-No Boy&quot\; reaches into the inner conflict and per sonal struggle of the main character\, Ichiro Yamada\, who is haunted by h is decision to refuse service in the U.S. military. Yamada made this diffi cult decision in the midst of a tumultuous period\, during which his own g overnment removed his constitutional rights and imprisoned him in an inter nment camp. The novel delves into Yamada's personal battle to live with hi mself and to find his place in the community.\n &nbsp\;\n The title of the book refers to Japanese Americans who answered 'no' to questions 27 and 2 8 of the highly controversial &quot\;loyalty questionnaire&quot\; that was administered to incarcerated Japanese Americans in 1943. The questionnair e contained two problematic questions: whether or not the internee would b e willing to serve in the American armed forces and whether or not the int ernee would swear unqualified allegiance to the United States. Those who a nswered those two questions in the negative were labeled &quot\;No-No&quot \; and were deemed disloyal. &quot\;No-No's&quot\; were segregated and imp risoned in a separate\, high-security camp. Many of them were ostracized f rom the Japanese American community.\n &nbsp\;\n The reasons why some inte rnees answered &quot\;No-No&quot\; are complex and varied. Some people fea red that they would be permanently separated from their Japanese parents i f they answered the questions differently from their parents. Some people qualified their answers (e.g. &quot\;yes\, I will serve\, but only if my c onstitutional rights are restored&quot\;) or refused to answer the questio ns. People who qualified their answers or failed to answer the questions w ere also considered to be &quot\;No-No.&quot\;\n &nbsp\; \n The book club meets the first Friday of every other month and is always open to new memb ers. Selections are chosen collaboratively at the end of each meeting and align with the JAMsj mission: the celebration of Japanese American art\, h istory\, and culture. Books are readily available at San Jose public libra ries\, online book retailers\, and the JAMsj museum store. If you have que stions\, please contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or aggie@jamsj.org . SUMMARY:Book Club Discussion: No No Boy URL:/en/events/2012/03/02/book-club-discussion-no-no-boy/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR