Talk:George Takei

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pronunciation[edit]

Does someone with a good grasp of IPA & the IPA templates want to add the pronunciation of his name? Most sources (including Takei himself e.g. in this video at 4:40) say it's ta-kay (rhymes with okay), but ta-kai is commonly heard (e.g. that's the one used in Family Guy, perhaps in reference to William Shatner's refusal to pronounce it correctly). --76.28.236.209 (talk) 19:09, 15 June 2010 (UTC)

The Japanese pronunciation is tah-keh-ee which when pronounced at speed rhymes with "okay" (oh-keh-ee). The other pronunciation is just plain wrong on multiple levels. Shatner is the most unreliable of sources imaginable. 130.132.173.113 (talk) 07:19, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Starfleet Academy Casting and Appearance[edit]

It is not mentioned in the comment section but it is a notable fact that George Takei was a cast member in the live-action cutscenes of the 1997 PC game "Star Trek: Starfleet Academy" by Interplay. For reference and more information, please see this related section in the Wikipedia article for the game itself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_Starfleet_Academy_%28video_game%29#Production

Could someone please add this information?

This may be pedantic, but Lt. Sulu did not have a first name when he was first cast by Gene Roddenberry. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hikaru_Sulu). Thus it's inappropriate to use "Hikaru Sulu" when talking about anything prior to Star Trek VI. Nasukaren (talk) 23:40, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Tiberius wasn't introduced to James T. Kirk until the animated series, but James Kirk's wikipedia page lists him as James Tiberius Kirk. Is it inappropriate to give a fictional character's whole name even if they didn't start (created) with that name? What about other historical tidbits we collect along the way about a fictional character's life? I am adding the first name back into the article. (BTW, why was this discussion posted under Starfleet Academy casting?) StarHOG (talk) 15:44, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Takekuma Takei[edit]

The reference for George's father's birthplace does not say his father was born in San Francisco, only that he was San Franciscan:

"We were Americans: my mother was born in Sacramento, my father was a San Franciscan, um, my siblings and I were born in Los Angeles." (emphasis added) The Ed Show, January 04, 2013. "Stereotyping Asian-Americans": George Takei interview, 05:36

Simply residing in San Francisco allows one to be called "San Franciscan". George twice uses "born" to describe family members while not using "born" to describe his father, all in the same sentence.

Sources which state Takekuma was born in Japan and educated in San Francisco:

I am unsure of their reliability so I am not adding them to the article, but combined with George's own phrasing in the video, I am removing the "father was born in San Francisco" part. Thundersnow (talk) 16:08, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Another source: In an interview George states his father was born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, and was brought to the US when he was 10 years old. Archive of American Television interview @ 1:25 This confirms the Japanese birth but muddies the water as to Takekuma's age when he arrived (ten given in the interview, twelve on the Remembrance article, and thirteen in the Arkansas Encyclopedia and Dickerson's book), although I suppose that is unimportant in the article about his son. Thundersnow (talk) 16:58, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Introduction[edit]

There have been several attempts to add Takei's booming popularity on facebook and social media. Someone added a banner saying the intro needed work, especially with Takei's new found popularity with a generation who doesn't even connect with him because of Star Trek. I added a paragraph about his facebook popularity, gave a citation, and removed the banner. Another editor reverted it with little explanation. I have reinserted it and ask that people improve upon it rather than remove it if you do not like it.StarHOG (talk) 19:44, 25 July 2014 (UTC)