Follow That Starship!

Mother Jones features an interview with “George Takei, the Best Driver in the Galaxy” timed to promote Allegiance, the musical based on his WWII internment camp experience.

MJ: Did you feel a sense of responsibiity as the rare Asian face on television?

GT:Yes. Up until the time I was cast in Star Trek, the roles were pretty shallow — thin, stereotyped, one-dimensional roles. I knew this character was a breakthrough role certainly for me as an individual actor but also for the image of an Asian character: no accent, a member of the elite leadership team. I was supposed to be the best helmsman in the Starfleet, No. 1 graduate in the Starfleet Academy. At that time there was the horrible stereotype about Asians being bad drivers. I was the best driver in the galaxy!

[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster for the story.]