How this group helps Asian Americans go from city council to Congress

By Chris Fuchs

Back in the late ’90s, Scott Nishimoto was a senior at the University of Hawaii when a flyer on the school bulletin board caught his eye.

It was from a recently formed nonprofit called the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute, which was recruiting students to come to Washington D.C. to gain experience in government.

Nishimoto applied, was accepted and became the institute’s first Anheuser-Busch/Frank Hortonfellow, a life-changing experience that he said showed him what government could do — and one that paved the way for his career as a state lawmaker in the Aloha State.

“I’m just really happy that I had made that choice,” said Nishimoto, who was first elected in 2002.


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