Comptroller starts bid to be New York City's 1st Asian mayor
NEW YORK (AP) - City Comptroller John Liu embarked on Sunday on a mayoral bid that reflects the political rise of New York City's Asian-American population but has been shadowed by a fundraising-conspiracy case against two former aides.
Already the first person of Asian descent to be elected citywide in New York, Liu, a Democrat, hopes to become its first Asian-American mayor.
Born in Taiwan, Liu came to New York City at age 5. He grew up and still lives in the Flushing section of Queens, a vibrant hub of immigrants from China, Korea and other Asian and Latin American countries.
Many Asian-Americans here have looked to him as a standard-bearer for increasing their community's political visibility and influence.