George Takei is well-known as an actor: Sulu in the Star Trek franchise, Keito Nakamura in Heroes, Grandfather in Supah Ninjas, Captain Nim in The Green Berets, Taro in The Twilight Zone, and over two hundred other roles on TV and in movies, as well as video games. He is also a writer, playwright of the critically acclaimed play Allegiance, co-writer with Robert Aspirin of the ninja space adventure Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe, an autobiography, To the Stars. His most recent book, the graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy, has won the 2020 American Book Award.

The Japanese American National Museum is proud to announce that George Takei, a founding member and Chair Emeritus of JANM, had been thus honored for the graphic novel, which tells of one of the most shameful incidents in US history. They Called Us Enemy tells how Japanese-Americans were thrown out of their homes and forced into internment camps. The graphic novel has a five-star rating on Amazon and over a thousand reviews.

In Babylon 5, Susan Ivanova quoted George Santayana who famously said, ““Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Takei’s award-winning graphic novel will make it easier to avoid such miseries in the future.

They Called Us Enemy was co-written by George Takei and Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, and illustrated by Harmony Becker.

George, congratulations on the award. It was very well earned.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.