Legendary actor George Takei, best known for his role in the original Star Trek TV series that starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, is currently starring in the Broadway musical Allegiance. It tells the story about a Japanese-American family bounded by love until the outbreak of World War II tore them apart.
The musical reflects a dark period that took place in American history when Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps after the Japanese military bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Therefore, Japanese-Americans were heavily discriminated against because the American government accused them of looking similar to a group of people that wanted to inflict harm on this country.
Despite the ongoing racism they encountered, a group of young men and women left their families behind to serve this country and were honored as heroes for their bravery. I think this story symbolizes courage and resilience in enduring the hardships that many Japanese-Americans suffered during that time period.
This play serves as an example that anyone can overcome through sheer will and determination if they are committed to going through the struggle.
For more information about this play, watch the Youtube video below: