to the editor
Nov. 16, 2007
Cup of Joe: Missed opportunity,' Nov. 4
As one of the organizers of the meeting I want to thank
you for your comments and also your willingness to share
your thoughts with Congressman Honda, former Senator Matsunaka
and the rest of us. We were all impressed with your ability
to express your thoughts and appreciate your willingness
to be put in the hot seat of "representing the voice
of the younger generation."
I remain hopeful that others will be able to attend future
gatherings. Unfortunately Congressman Honda's time is
very limited and this was therefore a real missed opportunity
to meet one of the key leaders in the country who works
on behalf of Asian American/Pacific Islander communities.
I have had numerous discussions with those who work at
the national level and they are still very excited to
work with us. The upcoming Democratic Convention in August
2008 is a golden opportunity to learn from some of the
top AAPI organizers in the country, to become engaged
in the political process, regardless of political affiliation,
and find ways to become involved with our communities
at the local level. There are even possibilities for internships
in Washington D.C. for those who are interested.
I will be working closely with Congressman Honda's Office,
with former Senator Matsunaka, APIA Vote and others to
develop an Emerging Leaders program. This, however, cannot
be done without you. Joe did an excellent job of providing
a critical perspective but it takes more than one or even
four individuals to make this successful.
I look forward to meeting with more of you and learning
about strategies to get involved and issues of concern.
– D.J. Ida
It’s unfortunate that no one showed up really,
but I have an issue with the Friday meeting.
I was there Friday at 4 p.m. exactly and went from the
temple to the JAS office per e-mail, waited 15 minutes
and left. People didn’t leave a note on the door
or anything regarding the meeting.
I only had George Kuwamura’s e-mail as guide. The
organizing for these two events was terrible, and if it
weren’t for George’s list, I wouldn’t
have even known about these meetings.
– Eric Sung
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