Presented by Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Uwajimaya, Inc.

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

Sunday, November 10, 2019
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Kane Hall, UW Campus, Seattle, WA

(Free parking in underground garage – enter 15th Ave NE)

Free Admission and Open to Public

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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 assage 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.


Welcome and Governor’s Greeting
Greeting by Film Co-Producers, Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi
Viewing of PBS documentary “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story
Discussion by Secretary Norman Mineta and Film Co-Producers
Program Wrap-Up


Presenting Sponsors: Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Uwajimaya, Inc.

Planning Committee: Misa Murohashi Cartier, Elaine Ikoma Ko, Tomio Moriguchi, Gail Nomura, Stephen Sumida, Randy Tada, and Patsy Yamada

Co-Sponsors: Hokubei Hochi Foundation, University of Washington American Ethnic Studies, North American Post, Diane Adachi, Japan Business Association (JBA) of Seattle, Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA, Tetsu & Kanako Kashima, Kawabe Memorial House, Michael Michalak, Nisei Veterans Committee, OCA Asian Pacific Advocates-Greater Seattle; Geoff & Frances Palmer, Puyallup JACL, Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, Seattle Fukushima Club, Seattle Hiroshima Club, Seattle JACL, UW Nikkei Alumni Association, Tay and Becky Yoshitani, Hisami Hasegawa, Tomoko Ozawa, Wing Luke Museum and University of Washington Japan Studies Program

Greetings from the Governor

It gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings to my fellow Washingtonians and guests from across the nation are celebrating Norm Mineta this Veteran’s Day Weekend.

In the many years I served in Congress, I had the pleasure of working alongside Norm to promote important pieces of legislation. Norm was the first Asian American elected mayor of San Jose, California, the first Asian American elected to Congress from the lower 48 states, and served as a cabinet member under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Without a doubt, Norm was always one of the most committed individuals when it came to championing a cause. If there was something he truly believed in, he would never let it go until he was able to achieve a satisfactory end result. During his time in office, Norm successfully built support for the Japanese-American redress campaign, increased funding for mass transit projects, advanced the Americans with Disabilities Act, and strongly advocated for marriage equality – all notable achievements.

On behalf of the residents of the state of Washington, I would like to thank Norm for the exemplary legacy that he has set for others to follow. His family history illustrates what it sometimes takes in order to succeed in this country. From incarceration during World War II to the fight for redress during the 1980’s, their efforts illustrate the ongoing struggle for justice that sometimes has to be taken – especially among new Americans. This lifetime of work is indeed an American story.

Thank you for coming to The Hokubei Hochi Foundation event. Please accept my best wishes for a productive gathering and a wonderful Veteran’s Day weekend.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee, Governor

Co-Sponsorship Opportunity

Hokubei Hochi Foundation invites your tax-deductible donation to support an important Veterans Day weekend event, SEATTLE WELCOMES NORMAN MINETA, which will feature special honored guest Mr. Mineta and viewing of his new superb PBS documentary  “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story.”

Your support would enable us to bring Mr. Mineta and the documentary co-producers to Seattle.  The event will be held at UW Kane Hall from 1:30PM-3:30PM. 

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Or send a check payable to:

Hokubei Hochi Foundation, ATTN: Mineta Event, P.O. Box 3173 Seattle, WA 98115