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Fremont Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Don Sun

Businessowner/Parent
18,670 votes (13.19%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate equity and excellence, use the resources efficiently and innovatively.
  • Support adequate social and emotional environment for our students
  • Maintain a balanced, conservative, and creative fiscal management.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Owner
CEO, Ecrossland, Inc. (2008–current)
CEO, AAGG-PAC (2017–current)
CEO, Open Society Media (2013–current)
Cupertino Planning Commission, Cupertino Planning Commission — Appointed position (2009–current)
CEO, SUNWAY Graphics (1995–2008)
Assistant Research Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University (1990–1993)

Education

Peninsula Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (2002)
University of Pennsylvania Master of Arts (M.A.), Economics (1990)
Renmin University Bachelor of Arts, Statistics and Urban Planning (1982)

Community Activities

Board member, Cupertino Rotary Club (2018–current)
President, Cupertino Historical Society and Museum (2018–current)
Chair, Asian American Public Affair Association, Silicon Valley (2014–current)
Chair, Chinese American Youth Community Leadership Institute (2015–current)

Biography

Besides running my own tea business, I also serve on various commissions and boards. For 8 years, I have served on the Cupertino Planning Commission, twice as the chair.  From that experience, I learned that communication is the key to any successful plan. I am a Board Member of Cupertino Rotary Club and former Co-Chair of Youth Service Committee and always encourages youth to take part in civic duty, as a healthy community is built upon responsible youth. I serve as the President of Cupertino Historical Society to bring historical knowledge to present day challenges.  I serve as Chair of APAPA Silicon Valley to engage all Asians to serve community and lead voter education for over 20 years. I have been inspired by social movements throughout time that a universally engaged society is a stronger and better community for all.

Over the past couple of decades, I have accomplished many in community services: organize music instruments donation program from local south bay area students and families and donated to East Palo Alto schools; host SCA5 town hall meeting for State legislators to explain the proposal to parents and students; host a 18-year-old birthday party to local FUHSD students for them to become a registered voter; set up a booth inside Cupertino Whole Food Market to register local residents as voters, subsequently, did the same kind of drive at Adobe, Intel, Walmart, farmers market and etc. I value the opportunity to be a part of change-making contributions in the community where we live, work, and raise families. I have dedicated myself to service others with my time and energy.

I have a Bachelor Degree in Statistics and Urban Planning from Renming University in Beijing, a Masters Degree in Economics from University of Pennsylvania, and a JD of Law from Peninsula Law School. I have done research in Hoover Institute, Stanford.  I live in Cupertino with his sons, who are now college students.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Coming to America

Summary

 

My passion for democracy strengthens as my journey continues. I learned so much about politics from the American system. The American people are well educated in the democratic process. And they are the best in electing great leaders.

      Growing up in Beijing, China, political protests were a part of my life. Whether I was involved in the protests or simply witnessed the protests, I was there for the early "Beijing Spring" – An underground Magazine to promote what we thought was democracy in China. 

        Although our passion was strong, we were unable to move China to democracy. We realized that we were unable to do so without fully understanding how democracy work so we decided to come to the U.S to study.  In 1988, 10 of us from the task went to America and England with full scholarships from the Ford Foundation.  The rest stayed in China to work with us and implement our proposals. I went to the University of Pennsylvania to study Economics.  We all prepared to return after our studies to help making China a democratic, capitalistic country.  Then The Tian An Men Massacre happened and destroyed our team in China, some of my best friends were in jail for 8 years. After graduating from U of Penn, I got a job at Stanford’s Hoover Institute to do research on Taiwan Land Reform and peaceful Political Transitions, with a new goal of applying Taiwanese experience to Mainland China.  After 2 years in Stanford, I went to Peninsula law school to study law, inspired by the U.S Supreme Court’s cases and their verdicts.    

 

In the US, demonstrations are peaceful. Very often the local government will listen to the suggestions of the people and incorporate their decisions with people’s feedback and consider their needs.  For a political candidate to be elected to office during an election, he must win the most votes from the people which requires him to be liked and accepted by the community. Money, experiences, education background, or social status are not the determining factors at all. I learned all this from my beloved hometown--Cupertino, and my beloved friends, all of you, Rotarians. 

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