Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent. The term refers to a panethnic group that includes diverse populations, which have ancestral origins in East Asia , South Asia , or Southeast Asia , as defined by the U. Census Bureau. Polynesians , Melanesians and Micronesians.
Mink was a third generation Japanese American and member of the Democratic Party. Mink served in the U. House of Representatives for a total of 12 terms, representing Hawaii's at-large and second congressional districts. Mink was the first non-white woman and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress. She was also the first woman elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii , and became the first Asian-American to seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in the election , where she stood in the Oregon primary as an anti-war candidate. Mink's parents were second-generation Japanese Americans or Nisei. She was a Sansei , or third-generation descendant of Japanese emigrants.
Jayapal, 53, a Democrat from Washington DC, took to Twitter to share a clip of Tuesday's session where she was seen presiding over the House as a temporary speaker. In the text that accompanied the clip, Jayapal, who was first elected in , wrote, "Today, I became the first South Asian American woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. Beyond proud to serve in the most diverse Congress in our nation's history and to hold the gavel today. The th Congress broke records with women and lawmakers crossing racial and religious barriers, including an all time high for Asian American lawmakers. A record number of 17 Asian Americans serve in Congress, with 14 in the House and three in the Senate.
Back to search results. Compassionate, articulate, and focused, Patsy Mink riveted audiences and moved governmental bodies in ways that changed history. Mink was a legislative trailblazer who overcame gender and racial discrimination to become one of the most influential public servants of her generation.