George Takei Was Sent to a Japanese-American Internment Camp at Age Five

Published on August 13, 2019

George Takei discusses Star Trek’s continued popularity, being sent to an internment camp when he was five years old and how it felt filming The Terror: Infamy in an exact replica of a Japanese-American internment camp.

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  • axel rod 1 year ago

    First. I will the watching season of The Terror. The first one was really good with Jarred Harris who plays Comrade Legasov in Chernobyl on HBO.

  • Sachin Araszkiewicz 1 year ago

    Jesus Christ, that memory… I’m Polish and have heard similar ones from my grandparents’ generation. And Americans are doing this again.

  • Caged 1 year ago

    Still happening today.

  • Jon Blondell 1 year ago

    Mr. Takei, I’m horrified at what your family had to go through. Thank you for making this film. God Bless You.

  • Cheyenne Brennan 1 year ago

    I’ve heard George’s story so many times. It’s always so horrific.

  • Walter Williams 1 year ago

    Such an iconic voice

  • CasualGamer! 1 year ago

    hey team LNSM, yall should change this video’s title bc in the other video George wanted the camps referred to as “American concentration” and not “Japanese internment”

  • matsujonen 1 year ago

    The reason I believe for star treks continued popularity is because it shows what humans can and should do.

  • Sanwal Kazi 1 year ago

    America, man. Concentration camps for Japanese, slavery for blacks, genocide of native American populations and now direct every day threat for Hispanics and Muslims by right wing extremists. American history is deeply racist and grim. Hope kids are taught these things with more nuance and not that American exceptionalism nonsense

  • marty methuselah 1 year ago

    American Concentration Camps are a hidden tradition….He is actually lucky..if he was First nation..he would have been shot outright like any Original culture on North America….USA army was thinking of shooting all the Japanese internees while it was bombing Japan actually…they were to be exterminated as a race under war time conditions….
    thank god for the UN conventions of Human rights ..hehe….the war time lawyers had to apply it to all non Jews after the war (as the whole purpose to go to war was to save Jews using Poland as the excuse) After all the effort to free Jews from German human rights abuse camps…they then had to apply this new laws on all fronts…

  • Dan Simms 1 year ago

    Just think, there is a whole new generation facing this now. America should be ashamed. So glad to be Canadian.

  • Mat Cooper 1 year ago

    What a great human being this man is! Love him! Looking forward to seeing this film, shame to see America still hasnt learnt from these lesson already… just keep going round in circles…

  • LovinLife 1 year ago

    “INFESTED” a term coined by HITLER for Jewish human beings, and now we have a HITLER/RUSSIAN ASSET IN THE White House doing the same to minorities!!!!
    HITLER forced jews into Concentrtion Camp and now we also have a HITLER/RUSSIAN ASSET in the White House doing the same to minor children!!!!

    Martin Niemoller’s “First They Came” quotation:

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    America’s versus under Trump and the Republicans:

    First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Muslim.
    Then they came for the Asylum Seekers, and I did not speak out— because I was not an Asylum Seeker.
    Then they came for the Minorities, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Minority.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  • Anna Li 1 year ago

    It’s terrible we don’t talk about this more

  • dan soloinfinito 1 year ago

    What a story

  • M G 1 year ago

    A very sad and tragic chapter of American history.

  • Jan Waldner 1 year ago

    People should not feel bad about those internment camps, those were other times, it was WAR. The US had to do what was necessary to win, Japan was doing the same but doing UNTHINKABLE ATROCITIES. Can you imagine if Japan would have won the war and have taken over the US. I don’t think they would have treated the American people as fairly as Americans treated Japanese people during postwar.

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  • bee 1 year ago

    The title of this vid seems counterintuitive to the one posted right after it. Perhaps Japanese ‘Internment Camps’ would be better

  • Lawrence C 1 year ago

    forced to leave your home carrying your infant and for no good reason. really sad, no wonder his mother was in tears


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