Dear CAAMFest Attendees:
On behalf the 28th Assembly District of California, I commend CAAMFest 2018 on its great selection of AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY by producers Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi of The Mineta Legacy Project.
Celebrating its 36th festival at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CAAMFest will host the World Premiere of the compelling, untold story of a true public servant and Asian American icon: U.S. Secretary Norman Yoshio Mineta. This exceptional documentary captures the trailblazing career and life of the first Asian American mayor of a major city, and first Asian American to serve on a Presidential cabinet. As the son of immigrants, forcibly removed from his home to spend years in an internment camp during World War II, Secretary Mineta was a Congressman when President Bill Clinton appointed him as the Secretary of Commerce. In an act speaking to Mineta’s character and reputation, he was subsequently appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Secretary Mineta personifies our dreams and aspirations. As an Asian American youth growing up in the Bay Area, Secretary Mineta served as the prime example of political and civic empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. In fact, Secretary Mineta’s impact on building the APA pipeline of leadership for future generations cannot be understated. His own experience overcoming intolerance and injustice continues to inspire my own career.
There is no doubt in my mind that you will enjoy this unique and engaging documentary. I offer my best wishes for CAAMFest 2018 and the success of The Mineta Legacy Project in preserving and promoting Asian American history and culture.
Assemblymember, 28th District – San José/Silicon Valley
California State Assembly | State of California
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