A Journey Through the Life of George Takei

The exhibition includes a wall of portraits of George Takei that he has received from fans over the years.

By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Staff Writer

Always on the go, actor/activist George Takei didn’t have a chance to see the exhibition about his life until the press preview last Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum.

“New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei,” which opened March 12 and runs through Aug. 20, was curated by author, journalist and cultural critic Jeff Yang, drawing from a vast collection donated to JANM last year by George and Brad Takei.

Divided into five sections, the exhibition explores Takei’s incarceration with his family during World War II; his Hollywood career, including his iconic role in “Star Trek”; his history of civic engagement, including his advocacy for Japanese Americans and the LGBTQ community; the Broadway musical “Allegiance,” which educated the public about the camps; and his current status as pop culture icon and social media celebrity.