Drawing from her new book Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy in the Japanese Internment Camps of World War II, award-winning Kansas City-area author Andrea Warren looks at a heart-wrenching chapter in American history and an inspirational figure who rose from it. Mineta grew up to become the first Japanese-American mayor of a major U.S.
In many ways, Kansas City’s early history is that of a stereotypical frontier town. Native Americans, pioneers, and cowboys are indelibly linked to the settlement of the area and the city’s heritage. Cattle and other livestock are crucial.
It has been more than 125 years since famed landscape architect George Kessler drew up a distinctly green framework for a growing Kansas City, calling for a system of parks and boulevards in the 1893 Report of the Board of Park and Boulevard Commissioners.