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No-No Boy details the plight of JapaneseAmerican citizens who lived the nightmare of internment in prison camps following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The novel centers on a young man named Ichiro who was raised Japanese but born in America, and who chose not to join the Armed Forces and pledge his loyalty to the United States.

Had he done so, he would have escaped the internment camp where he and his family were sent after Pearl Harbor; but as a result of his decision not to fight, he remains imprisoned in the camp for two years.

Okada's story begins after Ichiro's release from prison. He returns home to his family in Seattle, Washington, and struggles for acceptance in postwar America. The book is a historical novel based on Okada's own experiences during this time, and it details the painful conflicts that arose within the minds of many Japanese Americans who were forced to either pledge their loyalty to a country that had no respect for them as citizens, or remain imprisoned.

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