The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the U.S.-Japan Council hosted a panel discussion in Tokyo with six distinguished Asian American state legislators from diverse backgrounds attending the 2016 Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program.
The panel was titled “Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators.” Addressing an audience of about 120 people, they shared their varied personal and professional journeys as Asian Americans, and spoke about the importance of diversity in politics. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye—who accompanied the delegation along with Irene Kawanabe, Director of the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators—served as moderator. The discussion was co-hosted by USJC and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Delegate Miller addressing the audience
Senator Espero was born on the U.S. Naval Base at Yokosuka, Japan, to parents who are originally from the Philippines. Representative Gregerson was adopted in Taiwan as an infant, and now represents one of the most diverse districts in Washington State. Delegate Keam was born in Korea, and is the first Asian-born immigrant elected to a state office in Virginia. Delegate Miller is the first Indian American female elected to the Maryland General Assembly. Representative Srinivasan immigrated from India, and is the only physician in the Connecticut General Assembly. Representative Wu was born in China and represents Southwest Houston, where 40% of adults were born outside of the United States.
AALD is funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and implemented by USJC, in collaboration with the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators (NAPACSL). For more information on the program and full biographies of the delegates, click here.
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