9/23/10 Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority


Tonight on Apex Express, we highlight the documentary film, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority. This film by Kimberlee Bassford explores the political life of Patsy Takemoto Mink, an Asian American woman who battled racism and sexism and redefined American politics. Mink was the first Asian American woman and woman of color in the United States Congress. She entered the 1972 presidential primary, making her one of the first women to seek the nation’s highest office.

The Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program Franklin Odo says in the documentary, “Patsy Mink offers a phenomenal political story, because she was so outside what you would expect of a woman, of a Japanese American, and of a member of Congress. She was truly a force of nature.”

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