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#074--May 3, 1999; For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler/Chris Kilkes 338-1665;

The impact of "Chinese Americans in Silicon Valley."

Alum and former Cupertino mayor Michael Chang to speak as part of Centennial lecture series

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--May 3, 1999--Continuing a year-long lecture series, San Francisco State University and the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) will host a presentation by Michael Chang, councilman and former mayor of the city of Cupertino. The free event will take place Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at 644 Broadway in San Francisco, and is open to the public.

Chang’s presentation will focus on the contributions that Chinese Americans have made to Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County over the past century. He will base the talk on his paper "150 Years of Chinese Lives in the Santa Clara Valley" which examines the major impact that Chinese Americans have made on the Valley’s agriculture in the past, and their influential role in shaping the development of new technologies in today’s Silicon Valley. Chang, who has held a variety of leadership and political pos itions, will provide analysis of the political power and economic leadership potential of the Chinese American community.

Elected to serve as mayor of Cupertino in 1997-98, Chang was elected to the Cupertino City Council in 1995 and currently continues to serve as a city council member. Chang, who was president of the board for the Cupertino Union School District in 1994-95, is chair of the Asian and Asian American Studies Department at De Anza College. He has received numerous awards, including his selection as one of the "Top Chinese Movers and Shakers in the Bay Area" by the staff of the World Journal. After graduating f rom SFSU in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and religion, and business administration, Chang went on to become a Fulbright Scholar. He also attended Stanford where he received a master’s degree in both East Asian studies and political science and a doctorate in education.

SFSU, which was founded in 1899, is celebrating its centennial year by co-sponsoring with the CHSA a series of lectures by SFSU faculty and alumni. For more information about the lecture series, call (415) 391-1188.


This release was co-written by student writer, Chris Kilkes.

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