Carol Cheh

Carol Cheh is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Another Righteous Transfer!, a blog that explores LA’s performance art scene, and Word is a Virus, an Art21 column exploring the intersection between the visual and literary arts. Her writing has appeared in LA Weekly, KCET Artbound, ArtInfo, Art Ltd, Artillery, and East of Borneo, among other outlets. (Photo courtesy of Allison Stewart.)

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Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service: George Takei

George Hosato Takei was born in Los Angeles in 1937 to an Issei father, Takekuma Norman Takei, and Nisei mother, Fumiko Emily Nakamura. He was only five years old when his family was rounded up along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans and sent to concentration camps by the U.S. government following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Much of Takei’s childhood was spent at the camps in Rohwer, Arkansas, and Tule Lake, California.

After resettling with his family in Los Angeles after the war, Takei discovered an interest in acting. He earned both bachelor’s and master ...

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