SOURCE: Chinese Historical Society of America

September 15, 2011 16:45 ET

Voice & Vision 2011: Annual Gala on September 17 Benefits the San Francisco-Based Chinese Historical Society of America Museum

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 15, 2011) - More than 160 years after the first Chinese arrived in California responding to the call of the Gold Rush, Edwin M. Lee became the first Chinese American Mayor of San Francisco; the U.S. Senate confirmed Edward M. Chen as U.S. Federal Judge of the Northern California District, making him the first Chinese American to serve in the court's 150 year history; and David M. Louie became Attorney General of Hawaii. What makes this a great story is that they were all roommates while attending Boalt Hall Law School in the 1970s.

"These three individuals are emblematic of the generation who were influenced by the activism of the 1960s and '70s. Each took their own path, yet shared a common dedication to public service," said Sue Lee, Executive Director of the Chinese Historical Society of America (www.chsa.org). "Their journeys have led them to achieve positions that will impact the lives of thousands of Americans. Their appointments are significant milestones in Chinese American history."

These achievements will be celebrated at Voice & Vision 2011, the annual Gala benefitting CHSA. The annual event, including a silent and live auction, sit-down dinner, and performance by the iconic Beach Blanket Babylon takes place at San Francisco's Four Seasons Hotel this Saturday, September 17.

"We have come a long way," said Lee. "These Asian American leaders symbolize how far we have come and are exemplars of the future."

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