Norman Mineta and His Legacy:
An American Story
Thursday, May 16, at 7 pm at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor
A special screening of a new documentary at Cinetopia
Friday, May 17, at 10 am at Oakland University
A public forum to discuss the treatment of ethnic communities
Detroit Public TV is proud to host a visit to Michigan by Norman Mineta. Mineta rose in local politics in San Jose, California., to become the first Asian-American mayor of a major U.S. city, and later a member of Congress. He became the first Asian American to serve in the U.S. Cabinet, as Secretary of Commerce under Pres. Bill Clinton and Secretary of Transportation under Pres. George W. Bush during 9/11. He and his family were forced into an internment camp during WWII, and he became a driving force behind Congressional action to apologize to and provide redress for Japanese Americans.
Sec. Mineta will be attending a special screening of a new documentary on his life, “Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story,” at the Cinetopia Film Festival, on Thursday, May 16. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Sec. Mineta and the two filmmakers, Debra Nakatomi and Dinne Fukami, moderated by Detroit Public TV’s Senior Producer, Bill Kubota.
On Friday morning, Sec. Mineta will participate in a public forum at Oakland University to discuss America’s past treatment of immigrant groups, including the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and how that history informs the current political debate.
7:00 p.m. Screening of “Norman Mineta and His Legacy” and panel discussion
Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI
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9:30 a.m. Reception
10:00 a.m. Public Forum
Oakland Center, Oakland University, 312 Meadow Brook Rd, Rochester, MI 48309
The event is free and open to the public, although advance registration is requested.