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The Honorable Norman Mineta will be the keynote speaker at the DFW Asian-American Citizens Council’s 14th Annual Banquet to be held at 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 6th, 2014 at the Westin Dallas Park Central Hotel, 12720 Merit Drive in Dallas, Texas.
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.”
Mr. Mineta and his family were among the estimated 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry forced from their homes and into internment camps during World War II. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Mineta joined the Army in 1953 and served as an intelligence officer in Japan and Korea. After the war, he joined his father in the Mineta Insurance Agency before he was appointed to the San Jose City Council in 1967. He served as mayor from 1971 to 1974, becoming the first Asian Pacific American to be elected mayor of a major US city.
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 exemplifies the goals and ideals of DFW AACC by overcoming all odds to take his place among those elected and appointed to serve this country’s public offices as an exempleary Statesman ” said Ms. Margaret Tsai, President, DFW Asian American Citizens Council (DFWAACC) which is a non-profit organization whose membership is comprised of professionals and leaders from the Asian-American community and organizations. DFWAACC is dedicated to promoting ans assisting Asian-American involvement in local, social, political, and civic activities that increase community awareness, improve representation and enhance the quality of life. Each year, since 2001, DFW AACC has organized this banquet to bring together Asian-American community leaders, elected federal, state and local government officials, and corporate executives and leader for the purpose of networking.
Individual banquet tickets are $100, and may be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 214-282-5318.
For more information call 972-623-7678 or log on to www.dfwaacc.org