2008 National Conference » Speakers

George Takei


George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the television and film series Star Trek, has more than 30 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. He is currently a recurring character on NBCTV’s Heroes. Born in Los Angeles, Mr. Takei and his family were sent to internment camps in Arkansas and California at the outbreak of World War II. He went on to receive a BA and MA in Theater from the University of California at Los Angeles and later studied at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and the Desilu Workshop in Hollywood. Mr. Takei is Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees; a member of the USJapan Bridging Foundation’s Board of Directors; and served on the Board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission under President Clinton. Mr. Takei is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign and spokesman for their Coming Out Project. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In recognition of his contribution to the Japan-United States relationship, Mr. Takei was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2004.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Words Matter: Language and the World War II Japanese American Experience
David Hays, Archivist, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries
James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
George Takei, Actor
Warren Tsuneishi
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol 5 & 6, 4th Floor
Topic: Basic Introduction

Luncheon with Keynote Speaker
Adam Schrager, Reporter and Author, 9News
George Takei, Actor
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity

Looking Like the Enemy: Japanese American Childhoods during World War II
Satsuki Ina, Professor Emeritus, filmmaker & psychotherapist, California State University, Sacramento
Teruye "Tay" Kondo
Florence Ochi, Development Officer, Japanese American National Museum
George Takei, Actor
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor
Topic: Youth-Friendly