Last week, I had the great honor to attend in San Francisco’s Chinatown at New Asia Restaurant a Chinese American community celebration of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s 25 years of service in Congress. The restaurant was packed with what I was told was over 100 tables (of ten people at each table). Pelosi has a special fondness for San Francisco’s Chinatown, as the neighborhood was the location of her first public appearance when running for Congress. Some of her earliest and strongest supporters also came from the Chinatown, with Chinese American and Asian American community at large.
There was a who’s who of those attending the reception and banquet, including Mayor Ed Lee – San Francisco’s first Chinese American mayor, and countless of community organizations and of course, the press (especially the Chinese language press). I bumped into a lot of friends and acquittance and was glad to see an active community of Asian Americans and their friends supporting a non-Asian politician. You can hear Mayor Ed Lee’s remarks below (along with a group photo of myself with Pelosi .
Me & Nancy Pelosi – you can barely make me out to the left of her head.