The Chinese American Democratic Club Archives covers the period from 1988 to 2000. It contains campaign material, such as
election fliers, endorsements and candidate questionnaires or interviews. San Francisco local politics are viewed from this
group’s interaction with politicians, political groups, and coalitions. There are some papers involving state and federal
politicians such as the former Lieutenant Governor of Delaware Shien Biau "S.B." Woo. The club’s newsletters, administrative
papers and clippings focus on political activities and civil rights important to Chinese Americans in San Francisco.
The Chinese American Democratic Club (CADC) was chartered in 1958 by the California State Democratic Central Committee and
the California Democratic Council. This was a response to growing political repression and violations of Chinese American
civil rights in the 1950s. This group advances the causes of Chinese Americans in the San Francisco area. The CADC Bylaws
Article II Objectives states that: The aim and purpose of this Club shall be to encourage the development of meaningful political
awareness within our community and to thereby foster active participation in the democratic process of government by all citizens;
to encourage Chinese candidates to run for elective office; to encourage the appointment of Chinese persons to appointive
positions; to demand a high standard in government to seek justice and equality for all peoples and to study, develop, and
advocate issues relevant to the empowerment and civil rights of Chinese Americans. (
http://www.cadcsf.org/) The club has influenced City elections throughout the 1990s and Club leaders have served on important City Commissions,
including the Airport, Planning, Port, Civil Service and Human Rights Commissions.
8.0 linear feet
10 document boxes and one oversize box
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