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Midwest Mujeres Presents May: Asian & Pacific Islander History Month Con't

Discover and connect with these Asian leaders who helped make our country strive to be a fair and equal place!


Patsy Mink

  • Born in 1927 in Paia Hawaii

  • Was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1964

  • First Japanese-American woman to practice law in Hawaii

  • Also the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Discover more about Patsy Mink


Christine Sun Kim

  • Born deaf in 1980 in Orange County, CA

  • Christine had a passion for creating art and is now a sound artist

  • Despite Christine being deaf, she experiments with sounds and vibrations, and conducts her own "silent choirs"


Toshiko Takaezu

  • Born in 1922 to Japanese parents in Pepeeko, Hawaii

  • Trailblazing female ceramicist

  • Viewed creating ceramics to be a fine art, rather than to serve a functional purpose

  • Combined abstract expressionism with the spiritually infused traditions of East Asia

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