“Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story”
PBS Premiere Broadcast of the award winning documentary film.
Monday, May 20, 2019 9:00pm Broadcast
Japan America Society of Southern California is proud to be a Legacy Partner of the Mineta Legacy Project and share Secretary Norman Mineta’s life story and contributions to a national audience.
A son of immigrants and forced into a U.S. World War II concentration camp as a child, Norman Mineta became the first Asian American mayor of a major city (San Jose, California), leading to a distinguished 20-year career in Congress, and was the first Asian American Cabinet member, serving two U.S. Presidents, a Democrat and Republican.
He never forgot his roots or the shame and humiliation he and his family felt during WWII, and led the way for an apology from the U.S. government and redress for Japanese Americans. On September 11, 2001, his leadership as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, would ensure that what happened to Japanese Americans during WWII did not happen to any other group based on ethnicity or religion.
The Mineta Legacy Project captures the life, career and contributions of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta in an hour-long nationally televised documentary and online educational curriculum for high school and college students.
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