SAN FRANCISCO — The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) joins the nation in mourning the loss of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawai’i. As a World War II Medal of Honor hero who lost his right arm in combat, Sen. Inouye overcame prejudice and fought for the right to defend the United States and its principles of freedom, which include free speech and a free press. As a politician who helped to transform his native Hawai’i from an isolated territory into the 50th state that has set a national example in diverse leadership, Sen. Inouye championed civil rights, fought against racism and discrimination, and broke down barriers.
AAJA especially appreciates Sen. Inouye’s support of the Honolulu Advertiser’s 600 employees and 150,000 daily readers in April 2010, when he wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking for a thorough review of the newspaper’s impending sale, in the interest of “preserving the diversity of voices in the media and protecting jobs.”
- Statement from the senator’s office
- Statement from the White House
- Obituary from the Honolulu Star Advertiser: A war hero to a U.S. senator
AAJA Media Contact: Executive Director Kathy Chow
Telephone: 415-346-2051 | Fax: 415-346-6343
Mailing address: 5 Third St., Suite 1108, San Francisco, Calif. 94103
The Asian American Journalists Association is a nonprofit professional and educational organization with more than 1,700 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA’s mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists, along with the Native American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. For more information about AAJA, visit www.aaja.org.