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Heart of fire : an immigrant daughter's story / Mazie K. Hirono.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984881601
  • ISBN: 1984881604
  • Physical Description: 352 p.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, 2021.

Content descriptions

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Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Necessary fire -- Good girl -- Tari and Chieko -- On Kewalo Street -- Star spangled -- The flower farm -- Kaimuki Town -- Revelations -- Tinderbox -- Waiminalo -- Rich man's war -- Betty Friedan and me -- Young Democrats -- The quiet fisherman -- A voice for all -- Stew and rice -- Lost and found -- Made with aloha -- Daruma doll -- One thousand cranes -- A modern campaign -- Roll call -- Across the aisle -- One nation under siege -- Seeking truth -- Rebel women -- Zombie land -- Two pandemics -- Epilogue: The paper makers.
Summary, etc.:
"Mazie Hirono is one of the most fiercely outspoken Democrats in Congress, but her journey to the U.S. Senate was far from likely. Raised poor on her family's rice farm in rural Japan, Hirono was seven years old when her mother left her abusive husband and sailed with her two elder children to the United States, crossing the Pacific in steerage in search of a better life. Though the girl then known as "Keiko" did not speak English when she entered school in Hawaii, she would go on to hold state and national office, winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. This intimate and inspiring memoir traces her remarkable life from her upbringing in Hawaii, where the family first lived in a single room in a Honolulu boarding house while her mother worked two jobs to keep them afloat; to her emergence as a highly effective legislator whose determination to help the most vulnerable was grounded in her own experiences of economic insecurity, lack of healthcare access, and family separation. Finally, it chronicles her evolution from dogged yet soft-spoken public servant into the fiery critic and advocate we know her as today. For the vast majority of Mazie Hirono's five decades in public service, even as she fought for the causes she believed in, she strove to remain polite and reserved. Steeped in the non-confrontational cultures of Japan and Hawaii, and aware of the expectation that women in politics should never show an excess of emotion, she had schooled herself to bite her tongue, even as her male colleagues continually underestimated her. After the 2016 election, however, it was clear that she could moderate herself no longer. In the face of an autocratic administration, Hirono was called to at last give voice to the fire that had always been inside her. The moving and galvanizing account of a woman coming into her own power over the course of a lifetime in public service, and of the mother who encouraged her immigrant daughter's dreams, Heart of Fire is the story of a uniquely American journey, written by one of those fighting hardest to ensure that a story like hers is still possible"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    Hirono is fierce and forthright as she shares the life experiences that led to her becoming a U.S. senator from Hawaii. Born in Japan to an American-born Japanese mother, Hirono chronicles her early days in rural Japan, her family's migration, and extreme poverty in Honolulu. Hirono's deep reverence for her mother, who fled a bad marriage with her three children, comes through in her account of how she was motivated by her mother's quiet persistence as a proofreader and inspired gardener. Hirono traces the psychological impact of her family's struggles on her choices as a public servant. Her unsentimental yet transparent sharing of her personal history makes this memoir a gripping read. While Hirono's ideological evolution over the various stages of her political life is fascinating, her grit and determination make this a motivating story even for those who are not ordinarily interested in politics. Recent events in Washington, DC, and Hirono's part in them make this a very timely reminder of the varied and significant backgrounds guiding our nation's lawmakers. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 March #1
    Hirono is fierce and forthright as she shares the life experiences that led to her becoming a U.S. senator from Hawaii. Born in Japan to an American-born Japanese mother, Hirono chronicles her early days in rural Japan, her family's migration, and extreme poverty in Honolulu. Hirono's deep reverence for her mother, who fled a bad marriage with her three children, comes through in her account of how she was motivated by her mother's quiet persistence as a proofreader and inspired gardener. Hirono traces the psychological impact of her family's struggles on her choices as a public servant. Her unsentimental yet transparent sharing of her personal history makes this memoir a gripping read. While Hirono's ideological evolution over the various stages of her political life is fascinating, her grit and determination make this a motivating story even for those who are not ordinarily interested in politics. Recent events in Washington, DC, and Hirono's part in them make this a very timely reminder of the varied and significant backgrounds guiding our nation's lawmakers. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Senator Mazie K. Hirono is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, Manoa and the Georgetown University Law Center. She has served in the Hawaii House of Representatives (1981-1994), as Hawaii's lieutenant governor (1994-2002), and in the U.S. House of Representatives (2006-2013). She became Hawaii's first female senator in 2013, winning reelection in 2018. Hirono serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, among others.

Subject: United States. Congress. Senate > Biography.
United States. Congress. House > Biography.
Japanese American women > Hawaii > Biography.
Lieutenant governors > Hawaii > Biography.
Legislators > Hawaii > Biography.
Women legislators > Hawaii > Biography.
Legislators > United States > Biography.
Women legislators > United States > Biography.
United States > Politics and government > 1989-
Hawaii > Politics and government > 1959-
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Congress. Senate.
Japanese American women.
Legislators.
Politics and government.
Women legislators.
Hawaii.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Autobiographies.

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