Monday, November 14, 2016

An Evening With George Takei

 I spent a wonderful evening with my friends Isa, Gerry and Jurgen Saturday November 12th at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center listening to George Takei* talk of many things. He spoke of being an actor during a period of history when it was impossible to be openly gay. He spoke of his life as a Japanese American during WWII and how war hysteria against the Japanese affected his family as well as many other Japanese Americans. He spoke of his work as a social justice activist.   An interesting Q and A followed with the audience.  I have great respect for this talented, witty and intelligent actor.  An inspiring evening.

*George Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. He is an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, originated the role of Sam Kimura and Ojii-Chan in the Broadway musical Allegiance and is the subject of "To Be Takei", a documentary on his life and career. Takei serves as chair of the council of governors of East West players, the nation's foremost Asian Pacific American theater. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization. Takei is Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum's Board of Trustees; a member of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation Board of Directors; and served on the Board of the Japan-United States Friendship commission under President Bill Clinton.In recognition of his contribution to the Japan - United States relationship in 2004 Takei was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan.

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