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George Takei

Author of They Called Us Enemy

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George Hosato Takei was born on April 20, 1937. He is an American actor and author, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. Takei is also a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics apart from his continued show more acting career. He has won several awards and recognition in his work on human rights and Japanese-American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. Takei enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied architecture. Later he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in theater. He attended the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon in England, and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. In Hollywood, he studied acting at the Desilu Workshop. In 2004, the government of Japan named Asteroid 7307 "Takei" after him. In June 2012, the American Humanist Association gave Takei the LGBT Humanist Award. His book, Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet) was released on December 21, 2013 and became a New York Times bestseller in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Mulan [1998 film] (1998) — Actor — 824 copies
Star Trek: The New Voyages (1976) — Introduction — 765 copies
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan [1982 film] (1982) — Actor — 369 copies
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [1986 film] (1986) — Actor — 326 copies
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [1979 film] (1979) — Actor — 276 copies
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock [1984 film] (1984) — Actor — 242 copies
Kubo and the Two Strings [2016 film] (2016) — Voice — 229 copies
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier [1989 film] (1989) — Actor — 198 copies
Mulan II [2004 film] (2005) — Actor — 194 copies
The Simpsons: Season 2 (2002) — Guest star — 172 copies
The Simpsons: Season 10 (2007) — Guest star — 86 copies
Free Birds [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 76 copies
Larry Crowne [2011 film] (2013) — Actor — 71 copies
Futurama: Bender's Game [2008 animated film] (2008) — Actor — 62 copies
Usagi Yojimbo, Book 28: Red Scorpion (2010) — Introduction — 53 copies
The Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 7 (2016) — Introduction — 51 copies
The Japanese American Family Album (1996) — Introduction, some editions — 32 copies
Who Gets the House? [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 24 copies
Walk, Don't Run [1966 film] (2003) 21 copies
For the Love of Spock [2016 Documentary] (2016) — Actor — 13 copies
Allegience: Original Broadway Cast Recording (2014) — Preformer — 12 copies
Return From the River Kwai [1989 film] (1979) — Actor — 11 copies
Prisoners of the Sun aka Blood Oath [1990 film] (1990) — Actor — 10 copies
Tab Hunter Confidential [2015 film] (2015) — Self — 8 copies
Time of Fear [2005 film] (2005) — Narrator — 5 copies
Elaan of Troyius [1968 Star Trek TV Episode] (1968) — Actor — 2 copies
Oni: Thunder God's Tale [2022 TV mini series] (2022) — Actor — 2 copies
The Eavesdropper [2004 film] (2004) — Actor — 1 copy
Hit-Monkey: Season 1 (2021) — Actor — 1 copy
Akakiri [2021 Star Wars: Visions TV short] (2021) — Voice, some editions — 1 copy
The Ultimate Laika Collection (2016) — Actor — 1 copy
Dark Vengeance: Part 2 [2011 TV Episode] (2011) — Actor — 1 copy
Black Magic [2011 TV Episode] (2011) — Actor — 1 copy

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An unsparing account of Takei's family's unjust imprisonment, along with tens of thousands of other Japanese-American families (including many U.S. citizens) during WWII in the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Takei was four in 1941, and for the next few years, he lived with his mother, father, and two siblings at Camp Rohwer in Arkansas, and then Tule Lake Segregation Center in California. Takei's story ends back in Los Angeles, where the family is reunited after the end of the war (Takei's father went ahead to find them a place to stay). Throughout, Takei's parents are true heroes, making their children feel safe and loved, creating community, and remaining firm in their principles.

Extensive back matter includes a glossary and pronunciation guide, an author's note and photos, and "after the war," a section explaining postwar struggles and the long-delayed Civil Liberties Act and formal apology from President Reagan - too late for Takei's father, who died in 1979.
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JennyArch | 1 other review | May 15, 2024 |
This story is about resilience and also describing the experiences and feelings felt by those who have been labeled as an enemy. This story comes from a unique perspective that very few could speak to and relate to, however it also puts our lives and our experiences into perspective and reminds us to treat each other with respect and humanely.
 
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BayleeG | 1 other review | May 2, 2024 |
Reading an inside perspective on Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese American interment camps that followed is a totally heartbreaking but important experience, and I deeply believe everyone living in the USA needs to read this book ASAP. I've always admired Takei, and this book just heightens that. He does a marvelous job recounting not only the time he and his family spend in the camps, but also the state of political affairs during and after that time, and how this experience affected his entire life. I really don't know how to say anything that will do this book justice - just read it!!… (more)
 
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deborahee | 96 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
This graphic memoir is a must read - especially for high school history courses! George Takei's experience in Japanese internment camps and his work and activism in later life provides a compelling story to understand the systemic racism experienced by Japanese Americans.
 
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