Review of ‘To Be Takei’ on Nerd Bastards

takei3I missed this one when it was playing at Hot Docs earlier this year, but I’m glad that I had a chance to catch up with it now. As life long Star Trek fan, it’s nice to know what it’s like To Be Takei.

Of course, George Takei is now as well known for being a gay icon as he is for piloting the U.S.S. Enterprise for all those years on Star Trek. The film touches on some of that, and it touches on his Star Trek career as well as his struggles being an Asian American actor in Hollywood.

The interesting part of the documentary concerns Takei’s childhood as one of millions of Japanese immigrants and the second generation Japanese-Americans who were interned by the government during the Second World War. Takei’s memories of the camp are as powerful as they are insightful, this is a part of history that’s still woefully under-taught for, perhaps, understandable reasons.

Speaking of discomfort, William Shatner is also interviewed in the doc.

You can read my review of To Be Takei here on Nerd Bastards.

About Adam A. Donaldson

When he’s not the main/only contributor to Guelph Politico, Adam A. Donaldson also contributes to as their city hall columnist and co-hosts a political and current affairs show on CFRU 93.3 fm called “Open Sources Guelph.” When not being political, Adam co-hosts the movies and pop culture show “End Credits“, and as a freelance writer he has contributed to various papers, periodicals and websites including Nerd Bastards, We Got This Covered, the Guelph Mercury, the Waterloo Region Record, Press+1, Lucid Forge, and Women’s Post. Adam was also named one of the Guelph Mercury’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 for his work with Ed Video Media Arts Centre.
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