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SF Gate: San Francisco Chinatown Powerhouse Rose Pak is Dead

posted by Randall

Rose PakRose Pak died today at the age of 68 after battling kidney failure for at least four years, reports SF Gate.

Born in Hunan, China, Pak moved to San Francisco in 1967.

The 67-year-old held considerable political clout in an era dominated by men.

She was passionate in her quest to build a power base and increase the political involvement of Asian Americans.

Pak was extremely outspoken and took on the powerful both inside and outside of the Asian American community.

Among those she battled was San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the first Asian American ever elected mayor of San Francisco. The two clashed over Lee’s appointment of Judith Christensen over Pak’s choice, Cindy Wu, to replaceDavid Chiu who had been elected to an Assembly seat. Christensen would lose her seat to the Pak-backed Aaron Peskin in 2015.

It was Pak who originally pushed the reluctant Lee to run to replace Gavin Newsom in 2011.

“You can’t be so afraid of offending anyone that you don’t do anything,” Pak was quoted by The Chronicle as saying in 2010. “If people take positions I don’t agree with, am I just going to roll over and pretend to be dead? No, I’m going to fight.”

In once sense, Pak announced her own death with someone posting this on Pak’s Twitter account.

Reaction to her death has been swift.


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