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I spent my boyhood behind the barbed wire fences of American internment camps and that part of my life is something that I wanted to share with more people.

I spent my boyhood behind the barbed wire fences of American internment camps and that part of my life is something that I wanted to share with more people.

Yes, I remember the barbed wire and the guard towers and the machine guns, but they became part of my normal landscape. What would be abnormal in normal times became my normality in camp. ---->>>

And it seems to me important for a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again. ---->>>

Well, it gives, certainly to my father, who is the one that suffered the most in our family, and understanding of how the ideals of a country are only as good as the people who give it flesh and blood. ---->>>

As you know, when Star Trek was canceled after the second season, it was the activism of the fans that revived it for a third season. ---->>>

But when we came out of camp, that's when I first realized that being in camp, that being Japanese-American, was something shameful. ---->>>

My memories of camp - I was four years old to eight years old - they're fond memories. ---->>>

Well, the whole history of Star Trek is the market demand. ---->>>

You know, I grew up in two American internment camps, and at that time I was very young. ---->>>

Every time we had a hot war going on in Asia, it was difficult for Asian Americans here. ---->>>

I'm a civic busybody and I've been blessed with an active career. ---->>>

STAR TREK is a show that had a vision about a future that was positive. ---->>>

This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and if we're not in there participating then the people that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there. ---->>>

To do theater you need to block off a hunk of time. ---->>>

I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical, Fly Blackbird, and we met Martin Luther King. ---->>>

I've run the marathon several times, so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor! ---->>>

Plays close, movies wrap and TV series eventually get cancelled, and we were cancelled in three season. ---->>>

I thought this convention phenomenon was very flattering, but that's about the extent of it. ---->>>

Then that did very well at the box office, so before you knew it, we were in a string of feature motion pictures. Then they announced that they were going to do some spinoffs of us. ---->>>

I'm an anglophile. I visit England regularly, sometimes three or four times a year, at least once a year. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-20, 1937
Birthplace: in Los Angeles, California, The United States
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Occupation: Actor

George Hosato Takei (武井 穂郷, Takei Hosato, ; born April 20, 1937) is an American actor, director, author, and activist of Japanese descent. Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and one episode of Star Trek: Voyager (wikipedia)