The collection of 300 linear feet of banker’s boxes of material includes family photos, television scripts, costumes from his TV and movie roles, family heirlooms, letters… his life.
Now 70-years-old, Takei’s donation will be part of an exhibition that shows the stereotypes of Asians and Asian American’s in the media.
It showcases memories of his internment in a camp as an American during World War II, his interest and attempt to run for a position in the Los Angeles City Council, to his coming out of the proverbial closet as a homosexual… things that show what America was like over the past seven decades, to where it is now.
What I think he’s showing is that yes, despite the ugly beginnings, anyone can grow up to be who they want to be in the United States.
Takei says that even with all of the other memorabilia in the collection, it is his desire to show the Japanese internment camp things as something that the American people need to be reminded off.
The timing is perfect… as he has taken it to show how the leaning up president-elect Donald Trump can be a dangerous tipping point in U.S. leanings, with regards to the threats people are feeling towards the Muslim population in the country and around the world.
“To characterize a whole faith group as one kind is what happened to us during the Second World War. It’s dangerous and un-American,” George Takei said recently in a Los Angeles Times interview.
To which I can only offer a Takei “Oh myyyy!” and a bravo.
Link to the Japanese American National Museum can be found HERE.
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Image above is from a Star Trek episode... I can recall seeing the glistening Mr. Sulu and thinking - holy crap, this guy is really ripped!!!