Photo credit: Screenshot from Asian Law Caucus
The Department of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University is deeply saddened by the passing of Honorable Mayor Ed Lee, the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco. We wish to express condolences to his wife Anita and daughters Brianna and Tania Lee. Mayor Lee was a historic figure coming to civic leadership from a community activist background. Born and raised in Seattle he made his mark as an affordable housing advocate in San Francisco’s Chinatown. We recognize his pioneering role as a role model for Asian American political leadership.