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Mink was born in Paia on the island of Maui in Hawaii. She was the daughter of Japanese American parents. She was a Sansei, which means that she was the granddaughter of people born in Japan who immigrated to the US.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Mink, Patsy Takemoto, (1927-2002); retrieved 2012-12-3.
- Nomura, Gail M. (1998). " Japanese American Women," in The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History (Mankiller, Barbara Smith, ed.), p. 290.
- Kuersten, Ashlyn K. (2003). Women and the Law: Leaders, Cases, and Documents, p. P 54.