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About The Film

The documentary film Mayor Ed Lee chronicles and preserves the memory of Edwin M. Lee for future generations. Discover the life and character of this seemingly ordinary man, the son of working-class immigrants who grew up in Seattle's public housing, eventually serving as a San Francisco Chinatown lawyer, champion of civil rights and equal opportunity, and the first Asian American mayor of a major U.S. city.   


Directed and produced by Emmy Award winner Rick Quan in partnership with the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), the hour-long documentary illustrates stories and reflections from Lee's daughters, mother and family members, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, current San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and former Washington Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, among others.


The Lee Family is honored to recount our intimate family memories and share perspectives of Ed's values and life journey, in contribution to this remarkable film. We express our deepest appreciation to Rick Quan Productions and CHSA for their creative vision and compassion in documenting the Mayor Ed Lee story.