John M. Becker

George Takei Talks About Japanese Internment

Filed By John M. Becker | July 16, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: George Takei, Japanese internment, TED, TED Talk, video

Actor and social media sensation George Takei is every bit as famous for his LGBT rights advocacy as he is for his portrayal of Hikaru Zulu on Star Trek. But he's also passionate about another, shamefully lesser-known issue: the United States government's internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He and his family were among the thousands of people who were held as "enemy non-combatants" until the end of the war with Japan.

Takei discussed his time in the internment camp and how it shaped his personal definition of patriotism and democracy in a recent TED Talk. Watch:

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