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The Standard on KQED Morning Edition: What Are the Chinese-language Campaign Ads Saying?

Written by Han LiPublished Feb. 09, 2022 • 5:56pm
Still of a Chinese-language ad citing a March 2021 SFGATE article. The ad reads “Alison Collins’ tweet refers [to] Asians as ‘Black house slaves.’" | Screenshot from YouTube

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Political campaigns in San Francisco rely heavily on Chinese American voters, who make up a quarter of the city’s population. For the upcoming school board recall on Feb. 15, what, exactly, do the Chinese-language political ads say to the community?

In general, the messaging from the campaigns that support the recalls are similar in all languages. But some content is tailor-made for Chinese audiences.

Standard reporter Han Li discussed the ads with KQED’s Brian Watt and Scott Shafer on Morning Edition.

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Han Li can be reached at [email protected]

A child is portrayed doing “online learning” with the caption, “My son and daughter are very frustrated and unhappy.” | Screenshot from YouTube

A Chinese-language ad featuring a parent quoted saying, “we cannot wait another year.” | Screenshot from YouTube

A Chinese-language ad showcasing a mother hovering over her son saying, “[My son] is playing games on the computer every day wasting time.” | Screenshot from YouTube

This Chinese-language ad says “Recall Collins, Lopez and Moliga.” | Screenshot from YouTube

A Chinese-language ad featuring a parent quoted saying, “we cannot wait another year.” | Screenshot from YouTube

A child is portrayed doing “online learning” with the caption, “[My kids] stay at home for online learning for 18 months.” | Screenshot from YouTube

A child is portrayed doing “online learning” with the caption, “My son and daughter are very frustrated and unhappy.” | Screenshot from YouTube

A Chinese-language ad featuring a parent quoted saying, “we cannot wait another year.” | Screenshot from YouTube




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