Mayor Ed Lee Documentary Project

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Please help the Chinese Historical Society of America create a documentary film about Mayor Ed Lee!

Last December, the city of San Francisco lost its beloved mayor, Ed Lee, unexpectedly and far too soon.

The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) will present the inspirational story of this remarkable man. The film will chronicle, document, and preserve the memory of Ed Lee for future generations the life and character of the seemingly ordinary man who grew up in Seattle’s public housing and became the first Chinese American mayor of a major city.

Ed Lee was a lawyer-activist for tenants and garment workers, a habitual punster, a self-sacrificing civil servant, a reluctant-turned-enthusiastic mayor, a consensus builder, and a San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and Golden State Warriors super-fan.

The documentary

CHSA is partnering with Bay Area television producer and Emmy-winner Rick Quan to produce the hour-long documentary. The project has the blessing and active support of Mayor Lee’s family, to whom he was very devoted.

About CHSA

The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the preservation of the history and contributions of Chinese-Americans in the United States.  

We need your help to make this film a reality!

The film, with the working title “Ed Lee: The People’s Mayor,” is projected to be completed in the fall of 2018. 

Please help us capture Ed’s inspirational lessons onto film for our future generations by making your generous donation today. Donations are needed for ongoing filming and editing, plus publicity and distribution. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 to fund this significant and meaningful project.

We greatly appreciate contributions of any amount. Please donate online today using GoFundMe. 
Donations are tax-deductible.

We also accept checks, payable to CHSA, mailed to the following address:
965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Please donate today and share this link with your family and friends: https://www.gofundme.com/mayoredlee
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Former Washington Governor Gary Locke talks about the significance of Ed Lee becoming the first Asian American Mayor of San Francisco.
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I recently interviewed Ed Lee’s siblings about what it was like growing up poor in Seattle.
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Today I got to interview Ed Lee’s brother Manny, his sister Linna and their mother for the upcoming documentary.
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We started production by visiting Ed Lee’s high school alma mater in Seattle. This is what he wrote on Franklin High School’s Wall of Honor.
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