Natl Museum of Amer History -- Book Event: Sec Norman Mineta and Andrea Warren (“Enemy Child”):
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Join us for a conversation and book signing with the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan Director, Anthea M. Hartig; former Cabinet Secretary Norman Mineta; and Andrea Warren, author of Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II. The talk will focus on Secretary Mineta’s extraordinary story of meeting a great civil injustice with incredible fortitude and dignity.
Before Norman Mineta became a distinguished American statesman, he endured a harsh childhood. Along with 120,000 people of Japanese descent, he and his family were forcibly removed from their home and community by the U.S. government and sent to an incarceration camp. He was sent to Heart Mountain in Wyoming. Enemy Child vividly recounts how, at just 10 years of age, Mineta’s sunny life in San Jose, California, was replaced by brutal weather, inhumane living conditions, and forced confinement within the walls of an American incarceration camp.
The book thoughtfully traces a time of hardship, resilience, and patriotism for Japanese Americans, as Mineta gracefully walks from the bright innocence of childhood into wartime prejudice and finally to the halls of Congress, where he becomes the first Asian American Cabinet Secretary.
The discussion was moderated by Anthea M. Hartig, director of the National Museum of American History.
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MINET1_191119_082.JPG: Andrea Warren, Norman Mineta, Anthea M. Hartig, Jeanny Kim
MINET1_191119_086.JPG: Jeanny Kim, Chief Advancement Officer, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
MINET1_191119_091.JPG: Andrea Warren, Norman Mineta, Anthea M. Hartig
MINET1_191119_099.JPG: Anthea M. Hartig, director of the National Museum of American History
MINET1_191119_117.JPG: Andrea Warren
MINET1_191119_127.JPG: Norman Mineta
MINET1_191119_269.JPG: Seen here in 2019, Norman Mineta, former congressman and cabinet member, passed on May 3, 2022. He was the first Asian American cabinet member. He was transportation secretary during the 9/11 attacks and grounded all domestic flights. He pushed for reparations for Japanese Americans interred here during the racist hysteria following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He and his family had been interned at the Heart Mountain, WY internment camp during the war. I presume this information will not be made available to students in snowflake states who want to be protected from learning about the sins of their fathers.
MINET1_191119_424.JPG: Andrea Warren, Norman Mineta
MINET2_191119_396.JPG: Jeanny Kim showing the Norman Mineta 8-page mini-comic that Evan Keeling and his crew made.
MINET2_191119_416.JPG: Norman Mineta reading Evan Keeling's mini-comic about him.
MINET2_191119_476.JPG: Norman Mineta, Anthea M. Hartig
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