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Exclusive first look at JANM's 'New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei'

by John Rabe | Off-Ramp®

Ephemera from George Takei's political career at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." George ran for LA City Council in 1973. John Rabe

Jeff Yang, a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown LA, says they backed a couple trucks up to George Takei's house a while back, accepting the donation of his vast personal archive. It's been carefully winnowed to a couple hundred items for an exhibit called "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei," which opens Sunday and runs through August 20.

Jeff Yang, curator of the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." Behind him is a George Takei yard sign from his unsuccessful 1973 run for LA City Council.
Jeff Yang, curator of the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." Behind him is a George Takei yard sign from his unsuccessful 1973 run for LA City Council. John Rabe

Jeff gave me an exclusive tour of the exhibit Wednesday, as the final displays were being assembled, including family photos that show just how American his family was before the internment ...

Takei family photos at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei."
Takei family photos at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." John Rabe

A touching letter from George's mother, as she tried to regain her citizenship after the internment ...

A letter from George's mother, pleading to regain her citizenship, at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei."
A letter from George's mother, pleading to regain her citizenship, at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." John Rabe

Rarely seen artifacts from George's film and TV career ...

Star Trek memorabilia at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." At the top is a letter to George from Gene Roddenberry with Sulu character notes. In the center, a still of George in The Naked Time.
Star Trek memorabilia at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." At the top is a letter to George from Gene Roddenberry with Sulu character notes. In the center, a still of George in The Naked Time. John Rabe

And even Brad Takei's wedding vows:

George and Brad Takei, before their wedding. Brad's vows are on display at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei."
George and Brad Takei, before their wedding. Brad's vows are on display at the Japanese American National Museum's exhibit "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei." John Rabe

For visitors, this is a chance to put all the pieces together that make up this most remarkable and truly American life. Make sure to use the audio player to hear Jeff Yang walk you through the exhibit.

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