Allegiance star George Takei sat down with Larry King and recalled, adding his typical good humor, his childhood experiences detained as part of the Japanese American Internment during WWII – experiences on which events in Allegiance would later be based.
This film explores the life of Hiroshi ‘Hiro’ Hoshizaki, a retired grandfather of six, who was imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during his adolescence.
As we follow Hiroshi on his own journey to confront the events and memories of his past, we learn of his experiences while imprisoned at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and the traumatic repercussions this experience has had on him, and his family.
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Born in San Diego, California Yamada studied landscape architecture at University of California, Berkeley where his design philosophy was shaped by modernist instructors Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo and Lawrence Halprin among others. Graduating in 1954, he joined the office of Harriet B. Wimmer, the first woman landscape architect in commercial practice in San Diego. In 1960, the two became partners and renamed the firm Wimmer Yamada, a name they kept even after Harriet Wimmer retired.
George was only four years old when US soldiers forced he and his family out of their home and into camps with barbed wire and sentry towers. Here he recollects the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor when Japanese Americans became “Enemy non-aliens”.
On February 13th 2011, George Takei, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, delivered an unexpected V-Day surprise to a Japanese American Internment camp survivor….
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