‘I Will Never Be Able to Forget’: George Takei Shares Internment Experience with Chapman ‘Star Trek’ actor, activist tells his family’s story as part of Wilkinson College series
November 9, 2022
Actor, author, activist and social media favorite George Takei brought his powerful story of childhood imprisonment during World War II to Chapman University.
Takei – perhaps best known as helmsman Hikaru Sulu of “Star Trek” – recounted “the terror of that morning” his family was forced from their home and taken to prison camps, along with his father’s enduring faith in democracy and Takei’s subsequent work.
Takei appeared before a packed house at Chapman’s Musco Center for the Arts on Nov. 3 as part of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ “Engaging the World” series. The series has a theme on a social issue every year – the 2022 theme is “Leading the Conversation on Ethnic Studies.”
Ahead of Takei’s appearance, Wilkinson led discussions and student readings of Takei’s graphic memoir “They Called Us Enemy”, which recounts his family’s experiences in internment camps set up to incarcerate Japanese Americans.