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Interview with George Takei, internee at Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas

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Published on Mar 29, 2013

When George Takei was 5 years old, he and his family were forced to leave their home and move to Santa Anita Assembly Center, where they would eventually be transferred to Rohwer Relocation Center in Arkansas. Takei was among 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were sent to internment camps under Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. Signed on Feb. 19, 1942, the order granted the U. S. government authority to relocate both citizens and non-citizens based on the fear that anyone with Japanese ancestry was a potential spy or saboteur.

This clip is a selection from a two hour interview of Takei for the documentary, Time of Fear, which shared the stories of Japanese Americans who were interned in Arkansas during World War II. Takei talks about being forced to leave home, his experience as a child incarcerated in a camp in Arkansas, and his family's transfer to Tule Lake Segregation Center, a higher security facility for those deemed "disloyal."

This interview is a part of UALR's Center for Arkansas History and Culture's collection, "Life Interrupted." Every month, the Center will release a new interview clip, leading up to our exhibit on Japanese American internment in Arkansas, which will open in September 2014.

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