Congratulation to DFW AACC 14th Annual Banquet!
The DFW Asian-American Citizens Council’s 14th Annual Banquet was held on Saturday, Sept. 6th, 2014 at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas. This year theme ‘Key People In Key Places’ honored former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mr. Norman Mineta and Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote. Over 350 North Texas Asian Americans and community leaders arrived at the event. Many dressed formal attire while other draped in their traditional ethnic dresses.
Mr. Mineta served the US House of Representatives from 1975 to 1995, representing the Silicon Valley area. He co-founded the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and served as its first chair.
In 2000, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the US Secretary of Commerce, making him the first Asian American to hold a post in the presidential cabinet. In 2001, he was appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush. He stepped down from this post in 2006. Mr. Mineta also became the first Asian American to hold the position and only the fourth person to be a member of Cabinet under two Presidents from different political parties (after Edwin Stanton, Henry Stimson and James Schlesinger).
Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote is also a speaker for DFW AACC, an organization that is dedicated to promoting and assisting Asian-American involvement in local social, political and civic activities that increase community awareness and improve representation in public service.
“We are so fortunate to have both Mr. Mineta and Ms. Chen address our organization,” said Wei Wei Jeang, DFW AACC Chair. “Ms. Chen has been working to raise the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the electoral arena. And Mr. Mineta is one of the highest-ranking Asian-Americans to be appointed to public office. He has gone from the Japanese Internment Camps to the Oval Office.”
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