One of those concerns? That George Takei, the man who originated the character, would not be happy. Cho, however, is ultimately proud of what Star Trek Beyond has done. After all, the actor knows something about the importance of representation.
John Cho had an amazing response when asked about being an Asian actor
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Earlier this year, an artist launched a project called StarringJohnCho. It consisted of the actor photoshopped into posters for major blockbusters, turning the Asian-American Cho into both James Bond and Captain America. It was meant to call out Hollywood's lack of representation of Asian actors. StarringJohnCho instantly resonated across the internet. In reality, Cho has taken on one major iconic role: He plays Sulu — a role originally made famous by George Takei —in the "Star Trek" franchise. He'll reprise the role in the upcoming "Star Trek Beyond. As much as he wishes it didn't, he understands how much representation matters.
While the fact that Kim inhabits such a role may feel like a running gag on the show especially given his dubious success , it was an unsung milestone for East Asian representation on American screens. When they are seen on screen, they tend to be depicted as either undesirable e. In any case, they never seem to get the girl.
He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japan—United States relations , including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. Takei's work on the Broadway show Allegiance , as well as his own internment in a US-run internment camp during World War II , has given him a platform to speak out against the Trump administration 's rhetoric about immigrants and immigration policies. Among them, he had an aunt and infant cousin who lived in Hiroshima and who were both killed during the atomic bombing that destroyed the city. In Takei's own words, "My aunt and baby cousin [were] found burnt in a ditch in Hiroshima. Upon graduation from high school, Takei enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley , where he studied architecture.