Guide to the Chinese American Democratic Club Archives CEMA 49

Finding aid prepared by Callie Bowdish, Greg Simon, Chip Badley, Paola Novo-Araya
University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
(805) 893-8563

Title: Chinese American Democratic Club Archives
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 49
Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.0 linear feet 10 document boxes and one oversize box
Date (inclusive): 1985-2000
Abstract: 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.
Box number: 10 file boxes and one oversize box

Organization History

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. ( 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.

Conditions Governing Access note


Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Scope Note

The Chinese American Democratic Club (CADC) Archives, CEMA 49, along with the Chinese American Voters Education Committee Archives, CEMA 61, chronicle an important San Francisco group dedicated to keeping Asian Americans politically active in San Francisco. Administrative functions, special events, and topics of special concern to them are represented in this collection’s documents. Promoting the election and hiring of Asian Americans to government offices and positions such as school principals is part of CADC’s mission. Shien Biau "S.B." Woo who even though he was outside the San Francisco area and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware from 1985-1989 was supported by CADC. He ran for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and was endorsed by CADC. Issues important to CADC members, as well as other members of the community such as housing, education, civil rights, affirmative action and San Francisco politics are covered in this collection. CADC's affiliations with other San Francisco Groups such as Lesbian/Gay and various democratic and minority groups and officials are apparent in their correspondence, endorsements, and newsletter documents. Former CADC presidents such as Douglas Chan, Roland Quan, and Harold Yee, papers are part of this collection that spans from 1986 - 2000.

Series Description

Series I Administrative Records 1986 - 1997
Administrative records includes traditional board documents such as agendas, minutes and budget information. The CADC Issues Committee documents are part of this series. The series spans from 1986 to 1997 with bulk dates between 1986 and 1990.
Series II Correspondence 1985 - 1999
Correspondence both incoming and outgoing gives the biggest insight into what was politically important to this group. Some of the Documents from government officals have been put into their own are in this series.
Series III Endorsements and Candidate Information 1986-1999
Endorsements and candidate information includes publications and fliers providing information about various candidates running for offices in the City and County of San Francisco. CADC interview papers are included. There is a small amount of information on Shien Biau "S.B." Woo who held the highest political office of an Asian American at the time. The series spans from 1986 to 1999 and includes information on prominent San Francisco politicans, some who became U.S. senators, such as Senator Diane Feinstein.
Series IV Events 1986 - 1999
Events includes CADC hosted events as well as ones that CADC members attended. These events include campaign fundraisers, anniversaries, and other occasions. This series spans from 1986 to 1999.
Series V Club Newsletters and Press Releases 1986 - 1999
Both internally produced newsletters and publications as well as externally produced articles about the CADC are included. There is an extensive collection of the CADC Fiery Dragon News. This series spans from 1986 to 1999.
Series VI Subject Files 1985-1998
This series includes files on Asian American politics, education, government, housing, San Francisco politics, and other miscellaneous subjects. This series spans from 1985 to 1998 with bulk dates between 1985 and 1996.
Series VII Newspaper Articles and Newspapers
Newspaper articles and newspapers such as East West are part of this series. Oversized articles regarding San Francisco and Asian American Politics are included here.

Related Collections

Chinese American Voters Education Committee, Inc. Archives (CEMA 61), Chinese American Political Association Archives. (CEMA 48) and Kearny Street Workshop Archives (CEMA 33)

Preferred Citation

Chinese American Democratic Club Archives, CEMA 49, Department of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Processing note

This collection was processed by Callie Bowdish, Greg Simon, Chip Badley, and Paola Novo-Araya at CEMA in April, 2009.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Administrative records
Chinese Americans--California--San Francisco.
Chinese Americans--Politics and government.


Series I Administrative Records

Box 1, Folder 1-2

Agenda 1986-1997

Box 1, Folder 3-4

Budget 1986-1997

Box 9, Folder 6

CADC Endorsement Committee 1986-1998

Box 1, Folder 5-6

CADC Issues Committee undated

Box 1, Folder 7-8

Memos 1986-1996

Box 1, Folder 9-12

Minutes 1986-1996

Box 2, Folder 1-7


Box 2, Folder 8

Miscellanea undated

Box 2, Folder 9-10

Retreat Information 1986-1989

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Rosters and Mailing Lists undated

Box 3, Folder 3-4

Rules and Bylaws 1987-1996


Series II Correspondence

Box 3, Folder 5-10

Incoming correspondence 1986-1999

Box 4, Folder 1-6

Outgoing Correspondence 1986-1999

Box 4, Folder 7

Club Member Correspondence undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Government Officials 1985-1999


Series III Endorsements and Candidate Information

Box 4, Folder 9-15

Endorsements and Candidate Information 1986-1999

Box 5, Folder 1-15

Endorsements and Candidate Information

Box 6, Folder 1-3

Candidates Campaign Statements 1990-1994


Series IV Events

Box 6, Folder 4-12

Internal 1986-1999

Box 6, Folder 13-19

External 1986-1999

Box 7, Folder 1

External 1986-1999

Box 7, Folder 2-3

CADC Anniversary undated


Series V Club Newsletters and Press Releases

Box 7, Folder 4-13

Internal 1986-1999

Box 8, Folder 1-10

External 1986-1999, also undated


Series VI Subject Files

Box 9, Folder 1

American Chinese Association 1987-1989

Box 9, Folder 2-5

Asian Politics 1988-1989, also undated

Box 9, Folder 7

California Delegate Selection Plan for the 1988 Democratic Convention 1987

Box 9, Folder 8-11

Chinese American Voters Education Committee (CAVEC) 1986-1994

Box 9, Folder 12-19

City and County of San Francisco undated

Box 10, Folder 1

Committee For Immigration Justice 1989

Box 10, Folder 2

Council of Asian American Business Associations 1985-1987

Box 10, Folder 3

Education 1987-1988, also undated

Box 10, Folder 4

Election Statistics and Data - San Francisco 1987-1992

Box 9, Folder 20

Government Documents 1986-1993, also undated

Box 10, Folder 5-7

Government Documents 1986-1993, also undated

Box 10, Folder 8

Housing 1987-1996, also undated

Box 10, Folder 9

Human Rights Commission 1989

Box 9, Folder 21

Legal-Sized Documents Miscellaneous undated

Physical Description: legal size folder
Box 10, Folder 10


Box 10, Folder 11

San Francisco Consolidated General Education 1993

Box 10, Folder 12

San Francisco Elections 1994

Box 10, Folder 13

San Francisco Politics 1988-1992

Box 9, Folder 22

San Francisco Politics

Physical Description: legal size folder
Box 10, Folder 14

Self-Help for the Elderly 1986

Box 10, Folder 15

Unified School District 1987-1995

Oversize-Box 11

Series VII Newpaper Articles and Newspapers

Physical Description: oversize box


This oversize box contains East West newspapers and miscelleaneous newspapers and clips