Did Tahir say so? I remember his comments to the effect that his character had a heroic part in an exciting sequence, but I don't remember any remarks about his nationality. I sometimes miss stuff, though. Edit: Here are the results of a quick search for "Faran Tahir" at TrekMovie.com: http://trekmovie.com/?s=faran+tahir&searchbutton=go! Edit again: There is one quoted passage in one of the early articles (second-oldest in the link above) which could be read as talking about a captain who's of Middle-Eastern descent, but most of the rest of what I see is him talking about how ethnicity isn't a factor in the part.