By Summer Chiang, Sep 22, 2011 2:11 PM
According to the 2010 census, the Asian population in San Francisco’s Excelsior District increased by 20 percent over the past ten years, making them the majority group in the city’s southern region, KTSF reports. Despite this, the report notes, community engagement remains low.
May Wong was born and raised in the Excelsior District and now heads the Excelsior District Improvement Association, founded six decades ago to address community concerns. She said many Asian residents have little interest in getting involved in community activities, noting that despite the child-friendly atmosphere offered by the district, most Asian parents are too busy with work and prefer staying home as opposed to taking advantage of what the neighborhood has to offer.
May encouraged Asians to come out, join their neighbors, and participate in community activities.
Chinese American Voter Education Committee Executive Director David Lee told KTSF that in District 11, which includes the Excelsior, only 20 percent of registered voters are Chinese, despite a 51 percent Asian population. This compares to the Sunset District, where 40 percent of registered voters are Chinese, and the Richmond with 30 percent.