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August 22nd, 2005, 11:55 AM

As the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, George Takei (Sulu) spoke about his own family history and the positive future he envisions.

The keynote speaker at the University of Hawaii's commencement ceremony, Takei recalled his youth in an interment camp for Japanese-Americans and talked about concepts from Star Trek that have become reality, such as instantaneous communication via the internet and cell-phone "communicators." The Honolulu Star-Bulletin published photos of the actor as he told the graduates to follow their dreams.

"It was normal for me to see the barbed-wire fence and the tall guard towers as I was reciting the words 'for liberty and justice for all,'" he recalled of his youth at Camp Rohwer in Arkansas and later Tule Lake in Northern California, where his family was forced to stay until the end of the war. "The irony of it all."