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I spent my boyhood behind the barbed wire fences of American internment camps and that part of my life is something that I wanted to share with more people.
Yes, I remember the barbed wire and the guard towers and the machine guns, but they became part of my normal landscape. What would be abnormal in normal times became my normality in camp.
But when we came out of camp, that's when I first realized that being in camp, that being Japanese-American, was something shameful.
I'm an anglophile. I visit England regularly, sometimes three or four times a year, at least once a year.
And it seems to me important for a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again.
As you know, when Star Trek was canceled after the second season, it was the activism of the fans that revived it for a third season.
Every time we had a hot war going on in Asia, it was difficult for Asian Americans here.
You know, I grew up in two American internment camps, and at that time I was very young.
I'm a civic busybody and I've been blessed with an active career.
Well, the whole history of Star Trek is the market demand.
Well, it gives, certainly to my father, who is the one that suffered the most in our family, and understanding of how the ideals of a country are only as good as the people who give it flesh and blood.
My memories of camp - I was four years old to eight years old - they're fond memories.
To do theater you need to block off a hunk of time.
I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical, Fly Blackbird, and we met Martin Luther King.
Plays close, movies wrap and TV series eventually get cancelled, and we were cancelled in three season.
This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and if we're not in there participating then the people that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.
I thought this convention phenomenon was very flattering, but that's about the extent of it.
STAR TREK is a show that had a vision about a future that was positive.
I've run the marathon several times, so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor!
Then that did very well at the box office, so before you knew it, we were in a string of feature motion pictures. Then they announced that they were going to do some spinoffs of us.
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