Screening and Discussion: Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story
Screening and Discussion: Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story
WhenSunday, Nov 10, 2019, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Campus locationKane Hall (KNE)
Campus room130
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Screenings
Event sponsors
  • The North American Post
  • Hokubei Hochi Foundation
  • Nikkei Community Network
  • UW Department of American Ethnic Studies…

A Unique Opportunity to
View a Special Screening and Enjoy a Discussion with
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

The Pacific Northwest has a unique opportunity to meet a man of many “firsts” in American politics. Norman Mineta was the first Asian American elected mayor of a large U.S. city and the first Asian American elected member of Congress from the U.S. mainland. He was also the first person to serve as a cabinet member under both a Democratic (Bill Clinton) and Republican (George W. Bush) president.

Mineta will accompany the recently-released documentary, “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story” in a special screening in Seattle during the Veteran’s Day weekend. During the Cold War and before beginning his political career, he served in an intelligence unit of the U.S. Army. The hour-long film details his modest upbringing and his family’s removal to a World War II mass-incarceration camp. In Congress he was instrumental in achieving Japanese American redress through the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Particularly notable are his past and ongoing efforts to seek justice for all – especially aspiring and new arrivals struggling to survive by migrating to the United States. Remaining faithful to his personal history and his identity as the son of immigrants will certainly stand out as major themes of Mineta’s enduring legacy.

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