The first Nikkei woman elected to the Washington State legislature, Sharon Tomiko Santos, will be the featured speaker at the May 16 Omoide program conducted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington.
Santos was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998 from the 37th District. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from Franklin High School. Her parents were well known, and her father was pastor of the Blaine United Methodist Church.
Rep. Santos holds a bachelor of arts from The Evergreen State College, and a master of arts from Northeastern University.
She is a recognized leader in education, and currently is heading a legislative review of the Japanese American experience and its impact on American civil liberties and how it is included in school text books.
The public is invited to the program, which is part of a monthly series, at the center, 1414 S. Weller Street in Seattle, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The first hour is devoted to the writers’ workshop, designed to encourage people to write their family histories and record them for future generations. Rep. Santos’ presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. (end)
For more information, call 206-568-7114.