Palo Alto’s first Chinese American Mayor

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(KTSF by Michelle Yue)

Palo Alto City Council unanimously chose tonight (tuesday) vice mayor Yiaway Yeh as the city’s first Chinese American mayor. “I am really honored,” said Yeh. “We have seen so much growth of the Asian population within Palo Alto. I am just absolutely privileged to be able to serve in this capacity.”

Yeh named developing Palo Alto’s infrastructure as his priority as mayor. He believes that investment in infrastructure will continue to attract tech and business talents to the city.

Yeh was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area. His parents are both first generation immigrants from Taiwan. Yeh holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Yeh, 33, calls on more young Chinese Americans to get involved in political work. He said, ” There is so much potential, so much need for good smart people to come to politics, to come into local government. Local government is the level of government that most impacts your daily life. Who we have serving at local government will define so many people’s quality of life.”

Many Chinese American elected officials attended tonight’s event and congratulated Yeh. “Chinese Americans getting elected as mayors in Silicon Valley is now becoming a norm. We are really excited to see Yiaway to be the mayor tonight,” said Gilbert Wong, former mayor of Cupertino.

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