Cu­per­tino, Cal­i­for­nia coun­cil is majority Asian

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By LIAN ZI in San Francisco zil­ian@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Asian Americans, es­pe­cially Chi­nese Americans, have emerged as a force in US pol­i­tics in re­cent years. The city of Cu­per­tino, in the heart of Sil­i­con Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, now has a City Coun­cil that is four-fifths Asian Americans — three of those Chi­nese Americans.

Two new­com­ers, Savita Vaid­hyanathan and Paul Darcy, will join Mayor Gil­bert Wong and in­cum­bent City Coun­cil mem­ber Barry Chang on the five-mem­ber body.

Wong, Chang and Darcy are Chi­nese Americans. Vaid­hyanathan was born in In­dia and moved 20 years ago to Cu­per­tino, which is home to tech gi­ant Ap­ple.

“It’s been a long jour­ney,” Wong, an Amer­i­can-born Chi­nese raised and ed­u­cated in Santa Clara County, told the San Jose Mer­cury News. “We should cel­e­brate, but also look

I will ful­fill my elec­tion prom­ise and work hard to cre­ate and re­tain jobs, im­prove re­gional traf­fic con­ges­tion, fur­ther ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion, pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­mote fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity.” BARRY CHANG CITY COUN­CIL MEM­BER OF CU­PER­TINO

to one day that five His­pan­ics or five Chi­nese on a City Coun­cil will not be looked on as be­ing unique and dif­fer­ent.”

It is an in­evitable and nor­mal oc­cur­rence for ci­ties with large num­bers of Asian im­mi­grants to have more Asian Amer­i­can coun­cil mem­bers, Chang told China Daily. The pop­u­la­tion of Asian Americans in Cu­per­tino is more than 36,000, mak­ing up more than 60 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

“I will ful­fill my elec­tion prom­ise and work hard to cre­ate and re­tain jobs, im­prove re­gional traf­fic con­ges­tion, fur­ther ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion, pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­mote fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Chang said.

Chi­nese-Amer­i­can politi­cians could make the voice of the Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties heard, said Chang, how­ever, “serv­ing the res­i­dents in our city, re­gard­less of their race”, was a key to his re-elec­tion, he added.

Kris­ten Pan Lyn was elected to the board of the Cu­per­tino Union School Dis­trict (CUSD).

“It was the first time for me run­ning for of­fice,” she said.

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