Transportation secretary to be honored at I-House event



Norman Mineta

17 April 2001 | U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta will be honored April 19, at an event celebrating the 70th anniversary celebration for International House, hosted by Chancellor Berdahl.

I-House is honoring Mineta for his commitment to understanding of all cultures and for his role in the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. That act officially apologized for and redressed injustices endured by Japanese Americans during World War II, when approximately 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were sent to internment camps. Mineta and his family spent time in internment camps when he was 11 years old.

International House was supportive of Japanese Americans living in the camps during the war, and I-House staff and students were vocal in their opposition to the American government’s policy. Mineta’s late sister, Helen Minetawas, was an I-House resident from 1949 to 1953.

I-House’s 70th anniversary celebration is expected to attract about 300 people. No tickets remain for the fundraising event.


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