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KTSF-26 Producer: Chinese-American Voters in SF Want More Representation

Posted: Sep 29, 2012

Editor’s Note: In the first in a weekly series of interviews with ethnic media journalists on the 2012 elections, Kwokshu Leung, executive producer of Pan-Asian TV network KTSF-Channel 26, describes some of the issues of concern to Asian Americans, who now make up the largest ethnic group in San Francisco. This series is part of a collaboration by New America Media and 91.7 FM KALW Public Radio. Every Tuesday until Election Day, KALW’s news program Crosscurrents via this NAM segment, will be speaking with ethnic media reporters on the stakes for their communities in the 2012 elections. Leung was interviewed Sept. 25 by Crosscurrents co-host Hana Baba.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chinese-American voters in San Francisco have been galvanized by unprecedented Asian-American representation in the city – with a Chinese-American mayor and four Asian-American supervisors. But Kwokshu Leung, executive producer at Pan-Asian TV network KTSF-Channel 26, believes many Chinese voters are looking beyond just "face" representation and want to make sure they are genuine leaders as well.

Leung also explains the dilemma for Chinese-American voters over San Francisco's Prop A, which would levy a parcel tax on the city's residents to fund San Francisco City College.

“Some groups are coming out trying to say to the Chinese community, ‘Hey, support this. This is important. You have to pass this,’ he says. “But at the same time, you are a voter. But at the same time, you may be a homeowner. 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 to LISTEN to this interview.

This new NAM-KALW weekly segment collaboration is hosted by Hana Baba and co-produced by NAM News Anchor Odette Keeley. Editorial supervisors are KALW News Director Holly Kernan and NAM Executive Editor Sandy Close. The segment's engineer is KALW's Seth Samuel.

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