Norm MinetaThere’s a new website for Asians called started by Erin Yoshimura and Gil Asakawa.

visualizAsian’s goal is simple: To provide inspiration and empowerment to AAPIs by showcasing AAPI role models, leaders, movers & shakers from the media, politics, sports, filmmaking, activists, CEO’s, TV/movies, personal growth, authors and more, through interviews and feature stories. We want to make the accomplishments of Asian Americans visible, because so often, we’re invisible.

They are starting out their website by featuring a live interview with Norm Mineta on Thursday, May 21st at 6:00PM PDT. During the interview, attendees will be able to submit questions for Mineta, and those who miss the interview can listen to a recorded version later. Mineta is well known in San Jose, California, where he has held public office for almost 30 years. Mineta gained national prominence working for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and the San Jose International Airport was named after Mineta in 2001.

We’ve talked about Asian heroes here on 8asians in the past and I believe visualizAsian will help to provide new Asian role models. Finding Asian role models is especially important, as pointed out by Leslie Bow, when she writes this week in a blog post on [Asians] are routinely trotted out as proof of national diversity, yet few can name a famous Asian person who does not bear an association to kung fu.

You can sign up for to listen to the interview at the new website.

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I'm a Chinese/Taiwanese-American, born in Taiwan, raised on Long Island, went to college in Philadelphia, tried Wall Street and then moved to the California Bay Area to work in high tech in 1990. I'm a recent dad and husband. Other adjectives that describe me include: son, brother, geek, DIYer, manager, teacher, tinkerer, amateur horologist, gay, and occasional couch potato. I write for about 5 different blogs including 8Asians. When not doing anything else, I like to challenge people's preconceived notions of who I should be.
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