was elected to represent the city Richmond District, which has a heavy Chinese population and Carmen Chu
was re-elected to represent the Sunset District, which also has a large Chinese population.
This is a watershed year for Asian Americans in city politics. With the addition of Chiu and Mar, this is the largest representation of Asian Americans on the board since district elections were reinstated in 2000. San Francisco has a population that is more than a third Asian American (predominantly Chinese).
San Francisco's Assessor is Phil Ting
and the city is represented by Leland Yee
in the California State Senate and Fiona Ma
in the state Assembly. It'd be nice to have an ethnic mix of Asian American politicians in high positions, but for now we'll take what we can get.Full disclosure: My wife was a volunteer on Chiu and Ting's election campaigns. Chiu is a former board member for Chinese for Affirmative Action, which is a partner of Hyphen. We have office space in the CAA building.