Reshaping City Politics? Asian Voters’ Demands for Change in San Francisco and Vancouver


April 24, 2023, 1:00pm to 2:30pm PST

Last year, Asian voters shocked the political establishment in San Francisco and Vancouver. In Vancouver, frustrated voters voted out the City’s Mayor and City Council to elect the first Canadian-Chinese mayor Ken Sim and deliver his party a majority on the City Council. In San Francisco, voters supported two historic recalls of the City’s District Attorney Chesa Boudin and three members of its Board of Education. In both cities, Asian voters were a key constituency in support of these political earthquakes. What led to these historic events, and are they the start of a trend? We are pleased to have the opportunity to hear from insiders from both cities as we consider these questions and more, including Ken Sim’s campaign manager, a leader from Vancouver’s Canadian-Chinese community, a leader in the San Francisco school board recall campaign who was appointed to the school board herself, and scholar Neil Malhotra. The panel will be moderated by Citrin Center affiliated faculty David Broockman. Please join us over Zoom for what promises to be an interesting and enlightening conversation.

Event contact: Eva Seto,