Sunday 17th December 2017,

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Patch: First Chinese Immigrant Elected to California Assembly

posted by Randall

Kansen ChuIn a possible sign of growing involvement of Asian immigrants in US political life, the first Chinese immigrant who came to the US as an adult is now serving in the California Assembly, reports Patch.

Kansen Chu first came to California from Taiwan in 1976. He was elected to California’s 25th Assembly District which encompasses both Alameda County and Silicon Valley.

His election is also notable in that his district is just 12 percent Chinese.  He’s worked his way up the political ranks first being elected to the school board in 2002 and the San Jose City Council in 2007. Prior to elected office, he worked for IBM and then went on to run a Chinese restaurant.

You can read more about his politics and personality in Patch.


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  1. Corky Lee says:

    RE: First Chinese immigrant elected to California Assembly: In NYC, there was a similar case with Jimmy Meng, who had a strong Asian electorate in Flushing, but I don’t think he really understood anyone who spoke English. He relied on this English speaking staff to conduct, he later was convicted of $$ mismanagement & minor case of bribery. Fortunately, his daughter, Grace Meng went on to become the 1st CA congresswoman in NYC & won reelection last year. I hopethe same fate does not happen with this individual….

    1. Cindy Wu says:

      RE: First Chinese immigrant elected to California Assembly: Kansen Chu got his master’s from Cal State U., worked in the tech industry, served on San Jose school board and as San Jose city councilman before his current post. It is rather presumptuous to second-guess him simply because he is an immigrant.

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