George Takei On His Childhood In A Japanese Internment Camp, Which Inspired The Musical 'Allegiance'

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Actor George Takei at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Actor George Takei at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Since 1966, actor George Takei has been known the world over for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the NCC-1701, better known as the Enterprise on "Star Trek." But just a little more than 20 years before Takei's television fame, he and his family, simply by virtue of their ancestry, had been viewed as enemies of America.

Takei was one of the more than 127,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned in interment camps during World War II. In 2012, Takei put his story on stage with the musical "Allegiance."

"Allegiance" is playing at Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company through June 2. 


George Takei, actor and activist. He tweets @georgetakei.

This segment aired on May 9, 2018.


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