*me pointing to jim kirk* he’s pansexual
*fandom crying voice* no… that’s impossible… he cannot be pan sexual………. Stop….. theres no proof…… he likes women………. kissed the women at least seven time….. please stop talking about pans…….. you’re wrong…… stop saying this fake thing….
*me pointing to jim kirk* love that pansexual
I don’t know if this has been done before but I’m curious to see how many Trekkies are out there.. so reblog if you’re a fan, whether it’s tos, next generation, the reboot films or any other makings of it..
i am bored, reblog this and i will look at your blog and put a nail polish with a weird name i think you’d like in your inbox
spaltor asked: Okay, so, Sulu wasn't even given an first name (canonically) until The Voyage Home. While Hiraku is a Japanese name, Sulu is not - there is no phoneme for "L" in the Japanese language. The name Sulu was taken from the Sulu Sea, which is in the Philippines. Roddenberry was very much about showing how the world had come together on TOS, thus choosing names that didn't necessarily "go together." Basically, my point is that I don't believe Sulu is intended to specifically be Japanese.
Good point! I didn’t think of that earlier. I mean, as a modern viewer, part of me wants to side-eye Roddenberry’s logic a bit, because of the tendency in the U.S. to conflate all East Asian cultures together, but at the same time, in 1967, thousands Japanese Americans, including George Takei, had recently experienced internment and accusations that they were not “true” Americans and were disloyal to their country, simply because of their ancestry. The fear and racism towards Japanese Americans bled over to affect other Asian American groups as well (er, not that racism wasn’t a problem already). So the idea that Sulu is a full-fledged citizen of the Federation who hails from the very heart of Starfleet in San Francisco and that neither his race nor his name impacts that citizenship or causes anyone to question his loyalty to the Federation is significant.
I remember this coming up when John Cho was cast, since he is Korean American, not Japanese American like Takei. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Takei is very supportive of Cho as Sulu and cited the point you’ve brought up.
All of this makes me think I’ll probably stick to my original decision for Sulu after all, just because Sulu’s background was made purposely ambiguous. However, aceofwands' point still stands: this exercise makes me very aware of how dominant English speakers are in Star Trek, despite its aim towards multiculturalism and some of the other very good things Trek does as far as representation goes.