Friends, relations and others who have been touched by the lifetime of Japanese-American politician Norman Mineta have gathered in Los Angeles to recollect him.
About 300 folks on the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday celebrated what they described as “the extraordinary life” of Mineta, who died in May on the age of 90.
After a minute of silence, his son Stuart informed contributors that Mineta was all the time well mannered, modest and dealing for others.
The president of the museum, Ann Burroughs, stated Mineta taught them to do what is true at any time and that his legacy won’t ever be forgotten.
Mineta was born in 1931 in San Jose, California, to Japanese immigrants. He skilled a tricky childhood and, together with some 120,000 different folks of Japanese ancestry within the US, was interned throughout World War Two.
After serving as mayor of his hometown, Mineta moved on to the House of Representatives in 1975. During his profession within the Capitol, he efficiently led a marketing campaign for the passage of a legislation that may require the federal government to apologize and pay reparations to Japanese-Americans held in internment camps.
Mineta grew to become the primary Japanese-American within the Cabinet when he was appointed in 2000 as Secretary of Commerce underneath President Bill Clinton.
He was later tapped as Secretary of Transportation within the George W. Bush administration. Mineta led the division within the aftermath of the September 11 assaults.