Gender and Racial Equality

Captain’s log: Stardate 201903.31. As Korea’s first Star Trek professor and its first foreign civics professor, I follow the philosophy of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, which advocates gender and racial equality. To that end, I just made donations to the United Negro College Fund and HeForShe, a movement sponsored by the UN to promote gender equality. Star Trek was a ground-breaking show for its time, and showed men and women of different races working together as equals, and I want to be involved in making this a reality in my lifetime. Live long and prosper.

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The Late Rear-Admiral Fred Crickard

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201902.20. Here is a nice digital oil painting that I commissioned of my mentor and friend, the late Rear-Admiral Fred Crickard, Royal Canadian Navy (Ret.). This picture dates back to 1985 when the admiral was retiring and decided to wear his old RCN cap badge instead of the Canadian Forces cap badge worn by flag officers. He was like a second father to me and he is dearly missed. He passed away at age 81 in 2012, and you can read his obituary by clicking here. RIP.

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PS: I recently came across a photo of Lieutenant Crickard in 1957, and asked my artist to colourise it. The result is below.

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“Above All Else A God Needs Compassion, Mitchell!”

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201812.7. Today we watched Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and used Ross’s prima facie duty ethics to analyze it. I always liked how this movie ended, and the caption “And the adventure continues.” In other news, my artist friend just completed a digital oil painting of me as Kirk from Where No Man Has Gone Before. It’s based on a photo from 2009 and I rather like it. Some great lines in that episode like “One jealous god, if all this makes a god, or is it making you something else?”

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Cadet Kirk at Starfleet Academy

Captain’s Blog: Stardate 201810.11. Here’s another nice portrait of me as Cadet James T. Kirk at Starfleet Academy. I got the idea for the uniform from the character Cadet Finnegan, Kirk’s nemesis, in the TOS episode Shore Leave. Did you see the cool Federation seal in the background? Hope you like it.

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Aboard the USS Voyager

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201808.30. Digital artist Scott Jackson has painted another portrait of me, this time as Lt. Tom Paris at the helm of the starship Voyager. Once again, an excellent job. In other news, my class has 59 cadets enrolled at the moment, and will begin next Friday. After taking attendance and orientation, we’re going to watch a sample episode so that cadets can see what Star Trek is all about. To that end, we’ll watch “Errand of Mercy”. Most have never seen TOS before so this is a great opportunity to expose them to a classic that launched such a massive TV and movie franchise.

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