Let’s hope he keeps boldly going for years to come

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George Takei, Japanese-American actor and activist, is something of an American institution. He’s most famous for his role on the original “Star Trek”, his active presence on social media, his vocal support of the LGBT community, and the fact that he seems to be a genuinely nice and funny guy.

This morning I listened to an interview he did with Terry Gross on “Fresh Air”. He talks about his childhood in an internment camp in Arkansas, his return to Los Angeles to become an actor, his family, his experience coming out as a gay man, and a lot more. It’s a bit long, but he’s easy to understand and you can read the transcript as you listen.

He also did a TEDx talk in June in Kyoto. Much of what he said in that talk is also in this interview, so it’ll be good for recycling language.

There are many, many topics for writing, research and discussion here. Which topics interest you?

(If you’re not sure about the significance of the title of this post, see if you can do a little research to figure it out. Or ask a question in your portfolio so we can discuss it in the fall semester.)

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