San Diego Political Legend Tom Hom Talks About ‘Bumpy Road’ To American Dream
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Aired 5/21/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Tom Hom was the first minority elected to the San Diego City Council in 1963. He later served in the California State Assembly representing the 79th District.
A politician, businessman and civic leader, Tom Hom has a long history serving San Diego.
He was elected as San Diego's first minority city councilman in the 1960s and is still the only Asian-American to have served on the council. However, that may change this year. The new City Council boundaries in District 6 encompass a large portion of San Diego's Asian population. Many people believe there will be an Asian-American candidate elected from that district this year.
Hom turned 87 this year, and he said people often remark about his good health and vitality. In his memoir, "Rabbit on a Bumpy Road: A Story of Courage and Endurance," he even includes a recipe for a health tonic he takes twice a day: a teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
"I've been taking this since I was 35, and I still do it today," he said.
A book event for Hom's memoir "Rabbit on a Bumpy Road: A Story of Courage and Endurance," will be held May 29 at the San Diego History Center.
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