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Join the Asian American Student Association in celebrating Asian American Awareness Month.
Guest lecturer Sachi Koto will talk about American history from an Asian American perspective. It is impossible to talk about Asian American history in its entirety during an hour-long lecture, but discussing events significant to each culture should be sufficient in introducing Asian American history. Focusing more so on the history of Georgia and Atlanta, a guest panel representative of the Asian community in the greater Atlanta area will talk about the development of the Asian community and its effect on non-profits. This will provide a more detailed understanding of the Asian American perspective and background of the Atlanta community’s dynamics.
As a veteran of CNN, Koto served as a news anchor for CNN Headline News based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta. During her tenure at CNN, Koto anchored for CNN Radio, CNN Airport Network, CNN International and CNN QuickCast. She also produced, wrote and anchored for Turner South, Turner Entertainment Group’s entertainment network dedicated to southern style programming.
Before joining CNN, Koto worked as an anchor for Tokyo’s JCTV (Japan Cable Television) and for Nippon Hoso Kyoku (NHK) Radio, also in Tokyo. Previously, she was a reporter for WQXI radio station in Atlanta from 1974-1975 and for CNN affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta from 1975-1977.
Koto has received multiple honors and awards for her reporting, including the National Star of Asia 2002 Award. She also received the “Honorary Texan Award” by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the “Honorary Citizen Award” by Austin, Texas, Mayor Gus Garcia. She was awarded Honorary Member of the Japan America Society by Japanese Consul General George Hisaeda and was appointed as commissioner to the Asian-American Commission for a New Georgia by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
Koto is a third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Atlanta. Koto was the first Japanese on-air talent in the Southeast and the first Asian on-air talent in Atlanta.