Contact: Frank H. Wu, Chairman
email@example.com or 212-371-6565
Committee of 100 Mourns the Passing of March Fong Eu
(New York, NY, December 28, 2017) — The Committee of 100 (C100) mourns the passing of March Fong Eu, the long-time California Secretary of State who broke through barriers as a Chinese American elected official. Born behind a Chinese laundry in the San Joaquin Valley, she was elected to the State Assembly in 1966, serving four terms before being elected to oversee the political process in 1974. A third generation Californian, she was born when the Chinese Exclusion Act was still in force, and people of Asian descent also were unable to naturalize as citizens due to a color bar. As a female, she also was consistently the “first,” the right to vote being extended to women only two years before her birth.
Her first campaign for Secretary of State made news. Among her signature issues was a successful crusade against pay toilets, which she argued discriminated against women (since men could use urinals for free).
“We all owe March much gratitude for her pioneering in the public arena for all Asian Pacific Islanders. It is on her shoulders that we stand to make the progress of today. Our best return gift to her is to continue forward,” said C100 Governor Henry Tang. “She played an iconic role which we will not forget.”
C100 remembers Mrs. Eu as someone who showed Asian Americans could succeed in public life. She made a difference in the world.
Read her obituary, published in the Los Angeles Times on December 22, 2017.