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Leland Cheung Becomes First Asian on Cambridge City Council

Sampan.org, Posted: Jan 26, 2010

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Leland Cheung was inaugurated Jan. 4 as the first Asian American to serve on the nine-member City Council. He is the Council's youngest member.

Cheungs election was not only a racial breakthrough, but also an encouraging sign for bridging the gap between the citys transient student population and its longtime residents. Between working on a management degree at MIT and a policy degree at Harvard, he is the first student to successfully win the two-year post on the council.

Cheungs campaign effectively used a combination of online social networking and door-to-door messaging to galvanize students, the Asian community (which makes up roughly 12 per cent of the citys 100,000 population without counting students), and residents. Cheung's campaign themes of greening the city, job creation and connecting students to the community resonated well with voters.


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