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Interview With Mr. George Takei



The NC Japan Center had the distinct honor of interviewing Mr. George Takei. George is a celebrated actor and author, social media icon, activist, and someone with firsthand experience of a dark chapter in American history; George and his family were among the 120,000 Japanese Americans relocated and imprisoned by the U.S. government, during World War II. This is the subject of our interview.


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Video Table of Contents

Japanese American Internment / Executive Order 9066: (1:00)
Santa Anita Racetrack: (5:07)
Carrying Shame / Conversations with Daddy: (10:02)
Aldai Stevenson for President / A Special Guest: (14:05)
“Gaman:” (17:05)
Takekuma Norman Takei: (19:40)
“Loyalty Questionnaire:” (21:43)
Transfer to Tule Lake: (26:12)
Release from Tule Lake / Rebuilding a Life: (27:36)
Civil Liberties Act of 1988 / the 442nd Infantry Regiment: (31:01)
A People’s Democracy: (34:57)
Four Ways to Participate / Closing Thoughts: (37:12)