Go Go Mayer Allan Fong

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Damn straight people - we really are taking over the world. And sure, even though he's a Republican, he's still the first Asian American Mayor of Rhode Island.

Check it:

As he waited to be sworn in last night, Allan W. Fung sat on the stage of the Cranston High School East auditorium and listened to speeches from two of Rhode Island’s most familiar figures.

Governor Carcieri and state Supreme Court Justice Frank J. Williams have had their differences at times, but they found common ground as they talked about the man who was about to be sworn in as Cranston’s 20th mayor.

Fung, they said, is taking office at a time of unprecedented challenge. But he is someone who has the ability to rise to the occasion.

The comments drew applause from some 400 who attended the city’s 52nd mayoral inauguration, but the loudest cheers of the night were reserved for Fung, first as he took the stage, then after he was sworn in, and finally as he stood on the stage with his parents, who came to the United States from China in 1969.

“You have been here for all the special occasions in my life,” he told his parents, Kwong Wen and Tan Ping Fung, and his two sisters, Anna and Arlene, who were sitting in the front row.

The inauguration was a special night for Fung and his family, and also for Cranston and the state, with Fung — a Republican who will work with an all-Democratic City Council — taking the executive reins of Rhode Island’s third-largest city. He is the first Asian-American mayor in the state’s history.
Read the full article down at The Providence Journal.