Asian American Political Clout: A Post-Election Analysis
A growing and increasingly organized Asian American population has raised its profile on the San Francisco political stage. This year Ed Lee became the first Asian American mayor in San Francisco history, and more Asian American candidates than ever are competing in this year’s elections.
Are these numbers and the growing prominence of Asian American politicians likely to grow? How are Asian Americans in the community — as voters, as candidates, as donors, and as activists — reshaping local politics? Can we expect to see these trends more broadly, in California and in national politics? Given the diversity of the Asian American community — in language, national origin, cultural identity, political preferences — to what extent can we speak of "Asian American politics" at all?
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Douglas Chan, Partner, Chan & Welch, LLP (moderator)
David Lee, Executive Director, Chinese American Voters Education Committee (CAVEC)
Taeku Lee, Professor and Chairman of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Janelle Wong, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California
Samson Wong, Columnist, AsianWeek.com
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Co-sponsored by Ascend, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), the Asian Studies Department of the City College of San Francisco, the Japan Policy Research Institute and the Center on the Pacific Rim at USF, the Organization of Chinese Americans-San Francisco Bay chapter (OCA-SF), and the Stanford Center for East Asia Studies.