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Elections 2012: San Francisco's Asian Americans and Prop A


As part of our joint series with New America Media, every Tuesday until election day, Crosscurrents will be speaking with representatives from local ethnic media to hear about what’s important to their audiences this election season.

We start with the largest ethnic community in San Francisco, the Asian American community, which accounts for a third of the City’s population. San Francisco is also home to the largest Chinatown in the U.S., and a historic entry point for the community. With an Asian mayor and four Asian supervisors, many see this is as the apex for Asian Americans in the City.

We spoke with Kwokshu Leung, Executive Producer at KTSF-TV 26, and asked him about the biggest issues for local Chinese American voters this year. One issue on their minds is San Francisco's Prop A, which would levy a parcel tax on the city's residents to fund San Francisco City College.

KWOKSHU LEUNG: Some groups are coming out trying to say to the Chinese community, “Hey, support this. This is important. You have to pass this.” But at the same time, you are a voter. But at the same time, you may be a home owner. So people are concerned about, “Okay, why am I paying $79 for the next eight years to help this organization, which right now is at the brink of insolvency?” There's a conflict there.

Click the player above to hear the complete interview.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.