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



"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.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593396162
  • ISBN: 0593396162
  • Physical Description: xvii, 533 pages (large print) : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2021]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Necessary fire -- Part one: Good girl -- Tari and Chieko -- On Kewalo Street -- Star spangled -- The flower farm -- Kaimuki Town -- Part two: Revelations -- Tinderbox -- Waiminalo -- Rich man's war -- Betty Friedan and me -- Young Democrats -- The quiet fisherman -- Part three: A voice for all -- Stew and rice -- Lost and found -- Made with aloha -- Daruma doll -- Part four: 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.
Subject: Hirono, Mazie, 1947-
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-
Large type books.
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Congress. Senate.
Japanese American women.
Large type books.
Lieutenant governors.
Politics and government.
Women legislators.
United States.
Genre: Large type books.

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