George Takei donates collection to Japanese American museum

Los Angeles’ Japanese American National Museum has received a personal collection of art and artifacts from George Takei.

According to the museum Wednesday, the 79-year-old actor’s collection – comprising “Star Trek” memorabilia, photos, sculptures, documents from the actor’s run for Los Angeles City Council in 1973 and a 1984 Olympic torch – will be displayed in an exhibit, “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei,” in March next year.

Takei, whose latest projects include the stage musical “Allegiance” and the voice of Hosato in “Kubo and the Two Strings,” is best known for his iconic turn as Mr. Sulu in the original “Star Trek” franchise, and as a noted LGBT and human rights advocate.

Ann Borroughs, the museum’s interim president, told City News Service that the institution is honored and privileged to accept the collection. “George is fearless in his stand against discrimination and injustice, and in his determination to take on the toughest social issues and protest the most vulnerable,” Burroughs said. “He is an inspiration to the Japanese American community and to people across the world.”