Resilience

Resilience: An Interview with George Takei Pt. 1

Resilience: An Interview with George Takei Pt. 1

You may recognize today's guest from his role in the acclaimed original TV series Star Trek, or from his platforms as an activist for the fight for social justice, LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality. Following our Resilience series, Sharon speaks with actor George Takei about his childhood experiences with forced removal and incarcerated camp life. Sharing the memory of soldiers removing his family from their home—his father staring down the end of a bayonet— to sleeping in a barn among horse manure, to worrying they would be executed for being Japanese, George Takei shares a harrowing first-hand account of what resilience looks like.

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  • Host: Sharon McMahon
  • Executive Producer: Heather Jackson
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
  • Writers and Researchers: Sharon McMahon, Heather Jackson

Guest

Guest

George Takei

George Takei is known around the world for his role in the acclaimed original TV series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise. But Takei's story, which includes an acting career that spans six decades, goes where few have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.