A documentary highlighting the life and career of Norman Yoshio Mineta premieres on May 20 on PBS (check local listings).
Co-producer and director Dianne Fukami and co-producer Debra Nakatomi made the documentary, “An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy,” because he is “an icon among the Asian American community, especially among the Japanese Americans.”
Mineta was the first Asian American mayor of a major American city (San Jose, Calif,.), and went on to serve more than 20 years in Congress. He also served in two presidential cabinets (Bill Clinton and George W. Bush).
Fukami and Nakatomi said they tried for more than seven years to persuade Mineta to participate in a documentary. “A modest and humble man, he declined for many years.
But finally, near the end of 2013, he consented. We’ve been working on the project since 2014.”