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huffingtonpost:

Do you think georgetakei hosting Saturday Night Live is a good prank or bad timing?

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UPDATE: Uh oh, Uncle George got you! He is NOT scheduled to host “SNL” any time soon, though all of us at HuffPost Comedy would love it if he did. Maybe one day… until then, April Fools!

So disappointed that this was an April Fools prank!  For the record, after 39 seasons, only one Asian American has ever hosted SNL (that would be Lucy Liu, 14 years ago) so George Takei would have been the second.    As for Asian American cast members?  Zip…

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    imfromthebbc:

    I stumbled upon this video from last december and was shocked. The video is called ‘George Takei Disses William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy’ but actually at the end Takei starts discussing about Khan being white washed in the reboot. Although Conan asked Takei his opinion on the matter, he quickly cuts him and dismisses the subject altogether.

    This really felt wrong and thankfully a lot of people in the comments seem to think the same. I know it’s an edited internet clip and maybe Takei got to talk more about it afterwards but the fact it’s edited like that for internet seems already shitty. The part i’m talking about starts around 2:50.

    There was a panel for Red Tails that was recorded for the internet where actor David Oyelowo talked about being misidentified as “African American”  and other microaggressions that have impacted his modern day experience as a black actor.   I was excited to watch the recorded panel when it went online but of course the that segment of the interview was edited out.  

    Even when actors of color do risk speak out against discrimination, there are many ways their voices are kept from being fully heart.

Reblogged from imonlyhalfvulcan  5,828 notes

The second one, where Benedict Cumberbatch played Khan, I thought was unfortunate. Benedict Cumberbatch is a wonderful actor. I love everything that he’s done, but if he was going to be playing that character, J.J. should have made him an original character that’s singular to him. Because the Khan character first appeared in our TV series, “Space Seed,” and Ricardo Montalban was sensational in our second movie – he was the title character, The Wrath of Khan, you know! The other thought that Gene Roddenberry always had in the back of his mind — and that was his philosophy — was to embrace the diversity of this planet. Khan was created as East Indian character. The name is East Indian. We needed a big-name star who was a wonderful actor as well. Ricardo is Latino, but he brought his spectacular charisma and made Khan a singular, iconic character. It’s really owned by Ricardo Montalban, and to cast a white, British, wonderful actor, and name that character Khan, is really not understanding Gene Roddenberry’s philosophy. But I enjoyed the action-adventure parts of the second movie, Into Darkness.

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-George Takei absolutely nailing discussion of whitewashing (via imonlyhalfvulcan)

here’s the link to the interview.

Reblogged from onionjulius  11,080 notes

When I was a kid, you know I immigrated to the States in 1978, and I’m six years old and watching TV and I didn’t see any Asians on television. And you turn on Star Trek and there’s this Asian guy not chopping anybody up. He’s honorable, a helmsman of a spaceship, and it was a big, big deal for me to see that and have a role model.

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John Cho (x)

The only Asians I remember seeing on mainstream TV when I was a kid were Sulu on Star Trek, nameless Asians loading trucks in the background or dying on MASH (which was all about funny lovable white US Americans waging war on Asians), and the “ancient Chinese secret” Calgon laundry detergent commercial.

(via zuky)

Was the same when I was a kid. That moment of seeing George Takei not being overly-stereotyped when I was a kid was a powerful one. I think the only place I had really seen other Asians on the screen was finding the rare (because I was a kid in mountains, far from the rest of the community) movie that had Asians in it. Unfortunately, a lot of those were the “white guy learns martial arts, beats up Asians because ‘Merika” type movies. Which, of course was not TV. They were still the “Asian other” just as in MASH backdrops. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that Sulu always has a special place in my heart. Star Trek helped me get through some bad emotional spaces as a kid, and I think part of what made it welcoming was having POC, especially George Takei ( since I’m JA too, and the other Asian American actors who came later), represented on screen in positive and whole characters, with names instead of “Solider #1, Henchman #4, Ninja #18”.

(via reallifedocumentarian)

(Proper) representation matters. 

(via angryasiangirlsunited)

The man standing on stage looks like George Takei, but when he speaks, it’s not with the mellifluous, warm voice of a famous actor and advocate. His voice is coarse, ragged and grizzled. Instead of a golden Starfleet uniform, he is wearing a drab olive green World War II uniform, with old insignia and medals scattered across his chest.

His name is Sam Kimura, and he is a Japanese American veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Estranged from his family for decades, the sudden news of his sister’s death compels him to “remember the time no one speaks of anymore.”

“All the things that happened, that I’d sooner forget,” Kimura says, and suddenly both he and the audience are plunged into memories of 1941–decades earlier when Sammy Kimura is an all-American high school student body president determined to go places, only to end up in an impossible position, stagnating in an impossible prison.

Check out Racebending.com’s review of Allegiance: A New Musical!

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When audiences come to see a show and they see a full cast of Asian people on stage, I wonder if it’s difficult for them to connect to that. I wonder if there’s a little bit of a disconnect — ‘Oh, that person is an Asian and a foreigner.’ I think that’s always still something in our American subconscious that I’m hoping shows like ‘Flower Drum Song’ and ‘Allegiance’ can change.

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Telly Leung

(via ‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei unveils a musical inspired by time in Japanese internment camp)

My father told me, “Don’t do anything that would bring shame to the family.” I was always mindful of that. When I told him I wanted to pursue a career as an actor, my father said, “Look at what you see on television at the movies, is that what you want to be doing? Do you want to make a life out of that?” And I said, “Daddy, I’m going to change it.”

It’s that image that created the perception that made it easier for the government to incarcerate a whole group of people. At that time, in comic books and radio dramas, we were depicted as cutthroat and coldhearted and cruel—unfeeling—or we were wily or suspicious or the buffoon. That was the general perception of Japanese Americans. We weren’t seen as Americans. If someone spoke without an accent, we were exotically Americanized foreigners.

My father knew the importance of the image of Asians in the media and how that shapes perceptions. We were complicit in it at that time: We went out there and rented our faces out and played cruel Japanese soldiers or bumbling Chinese waiters.

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George Takei in an interview with Mother Jones discussing how media representation impacted cultural perceptions of Asian Americans in the United States during World War II, fueling racist attitudes that lead to the Japanese American internment.

Takei is premiering Allegiance: A New American Musical, at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego this month.  The show tells the story of a Japanese American family that experiences incarceration in a concentration camp in Wyoming during World War II, and also co-stars Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.

While the Boy Scouts of America may have the “legal” right to continue to discriminate–a question I believe should be revisited–I and others have the same “legal” right to protest the policy, till our last breaths if necessary, as blatantly discriminatory and against everything that equality in America stands for.

By George Takei, addressing the Boy Scouts releasing a statement  reaffirming its ban on gay scouts and LGBT leaders. [To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.]
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    get-the-bleach:

    George Takei urging repeal of 1942 order that interned Japanese Americans during WWII

    From the LA Times:

    Actor George Takei shared a few vivid memories with the Board of Supervisors before it repealed Los Angeles County’s support for the internment of Japanese Americans and others of Japanese descent during World War II.

    “I was 4 years old at the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941,” said Takei, best known for his role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu in the “Star Trek” television series and feature films. “But I have a memory that’s seared into my mind from when I just turned 5 in April of 1942.”

    On Wednesday, Takei, now 75, recounted the day when soldiers with shining bayonets on their rifles banged on the door of his Los Angeles home and herded his family into a waiting truck. They were taken with others of Japanese lineage to living quarters in a horse stable at the Santa Anita racetrack that reeked of manure.

    “As my mother carried my baby sister and a duffel bag, I saw tears rolling down her cheeks,” Takei said. She “thought it was the most humiliating and degrading experience of her life.”

    His family was later relocated to an internment camp in Arkansas, where Takei would go to school in a tar paper barracks, line up three times a day to eat in a noisy mess hall and bathe in a group shower. Standing for the pledge of alliance, Takei said, “I could see the barbed wire and the sentry tower from my school house window as I recited ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ ”

    On a motion from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the board overturned its 70-year-old resolution that urged President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proceed with the internment of Japanese Americans. About 150,000 people of Japanese descent were held in camps until January 1945.