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  • David Bacon
    OAKLAND S FIRST CHINESE-AMERICAN MAYOR, WALKS THROUGH THE CITY OAKLAND, CA - 3JANUARY11 - Oakland Mayor Jean Quan walked through the city on her inauguration
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2011
      OAKLAND'S FIRST CHINESE-AMERICAN MAYOR, WALKS THROUGH THE CITY

      OAKLAND, CA - 3JANUARY11 - Oakland Mayor Jean Quan walked through the
      city on her inauguration day. She is the first Chinese American
      woman elected mayor. She started at the Oakland Asian Cultural
      Center in Chinatown. She then stopped at the Asian Resource Gallery,
      which featured an exhibit of posters curated by Greg Morizumi, from
      the Third World Strike at the University of California and political
      movements in the Asian American community since the 1960s. Mayor
      Quan designed one of the posters in the exhibit, protesting the
      beating death of Vincent Chin.

      During her walk, she visited Lincoln Elementary School, in the heart
      of Chinatown. Quan was previously a member of the Oakland School
      Board, and students excited by her visit made small speeches and sang
      for her. Kindergarten-age children looked on through the school
      windows.

      Her walk took her down 17th Street, where storeowners have been hit
      hard by the economic recession. One storeowner hugged her, as the
      mayor urged Oakland residents to support local businesses by shopping
      in the city.

      The last stop on Mayor Quan's walk was the Leamington Hotel, where
      her father worked as a cook. There she was honored by the leaders of
      the Alameda County Central Labor Council, the International Longhsore
      and Warehouse Union, and other local unions, along with the longshore
      union's drill team. Mayor Quan's husband, Floyd Huen, her son and
      daughter, and state Assembly member Sandre Swanson, one of her
      strongest supporters, all walked with her together with dozens of
      well-wishers.


















      For more articles and images, see http://dbacon.igc.org

      See also Illegal People -- How Globalization Creates Migration and
      Criminalizes Immigrants (Beacon Press, 2008)
      Recipient: C.L.R. James Award, best book of 2007-2008
      http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2002

      See also the photodocumentary on indigenous migration to the US
      Communities Without Borders (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006)
      http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=4575

      See also The Children of NAFTA, Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border
      (University of California, 2004)
      http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9989.html
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      David Bacon, Photographs and Stories
      http://dbacon.igc.org

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