The Asian Reporter, V29, #22 (November 18, 2019), page 7.
Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawai‘i is writing
memoir, due in 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawai‘i, the senate’s
first Asian-American woman and only current immigrant, is
working on a memoir.
Viking announced that the book, currently untitled, will be
released in 2021.
Hirono, age 72, will write about emigrating at age eight to
the United States after her mother fled an abusive marriage in
Japan. In a statement issued through Viking, Hirono said the
book was a tribute to her mother’s spirit.
"My deep emotional connection to my mother, a remarkable
woman who made a hard choice to save her children, and who
valiantly struggled to care for us as a single parent, is the
current that has driven my entire life," Hirono said in a
statement. "Now, because she can no longer bear witness for
herself, I am choosing to bear witness on her behalf by telling
the story of the daughter she inspired to live boldly and to
fight for the promises of this country."
Hirono, a Democrat, is currently serving her second term in
the senate. She made news last year as a leading critic of
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of
sexual harassment and attempted assault. Kavanaugh, who was
narrowly confirmed, denied the allegations.