We continue our discussion on this month’s book club selection, Brilliance, by author Marcus Sakey. One of the themes that Brilliance looks at is our reaction to events such as terrorism and national security.In Brilliance, children with special abilities are relocated to ‘academies’, which are brainwashing centers set up like maximum security prisons. This happens as a response to a terrorist action triggered by one of the ‘brilliants.’
Unfortunately, fiction often mirrors fact. It was 73 years ago when Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bill Yoshino, the Midwest Regional Director of the Japanese American Citizens League, joins us to talk about what it’s like to be imprisoned based on what, not who, you are.
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