Thursday, April 18, 2013

Star Trek's George Takei Recalls His World War II Internment

From the Dec. 21, 2011, 90.9 WBUR Boston.

Executive Order 9066 caused 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans from the west coast to be relocated to what were called internment camps, but much more like prison.  The actor played Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek and was 5 years old at the time.  he and his family were forced to board a bus.  Their neighbors waited until they were gone and then looted their house. 

His family spent three months in a temporary camp and then were moved to Arkansas.

His father told him that he was going on a long vacation.  "I remember the barbed wire fence that we were told not to go near.  And I remember the sentry towers that had machine guns pointed at us.  And I remember the searchlight that followed me when I made night runs from out barracks to the latrine."

A Hard Life For Them.  --GreGen




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