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A record number of Asian Americans are running for Congress next year, reflecting population gains and a growing sense of the need to flex political muscle.
SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2011 — “Ed was not the flashy kind of mayor like San Francisco had during the last two administrations,” said Samson Wong, a columnist for AsianWeek.com, comparing San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to the high-profile personalities of former mayorsGavin Newsom and Willie Brown.
Astella Kung, 64, is known as the unofficial mayor of Grant Avenue, the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. A short woman who speaks in a nasally Cantonese dialect, she is the owner of Ming Kee Game Birds, a dingy shop crammed with chickens, ducks and pigeons in wire-mesh cages. Ms. Kung moved to Grant in 1971, a 24-year-old newlywed with $50 in her pocket.
Asian-Americans are America's fastest-growing racial minority, and much of their population growth has come in political battleground states, according to a new report based on Census Bureau data.
Asian Americans have deep roots in San Francisco, and in recent decades those roots have only grown deeper. Since the '70s, Asian Americans have become the fastest growing racial group in the city. Today, they make up a third of the population. For decades they've held important posts and mobilized influential voting blocs. But no Asian American has ever won a mayoral election in San Francisco.
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