Margaret Chin
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Margaret Chin
Chin in 2011
Member of New York City Council representing District 1
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by Alan Gerson
Majority 86%
Personal details
Born May 26, 1954 (age 59)
Template:Country data 1910Hong Kong
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Alan Tung
Children Kevin Tung
Residence Financial District
Alma mater Bronx High School of Science
City College of New York
Occupation Educator
Website NYC Council:District 1

Margaret Chin (Chinese: 陳倩雯; born May 26, 1954 in Hong Kong) is a New York City-basedAmerican politician. A Democrat, she was elected to the New York City Council on November 3, 2009, to represent District 1 in Lower Manhattan, which includes, amongst other neighborhoods and sites,Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall, and the site of the World Trade Center. Chin immigrated to the United States when she was nine years old and was raised in Chinatown. She is the first Asian American and the first Chinese American elected to represent New York City's Chinatown in the city council, and the first Asian American woman elected to the city council. She and Queens Council member Peter Koo comprise the Asian American delegation of the city council. Current New York City Comptroller John Liu also served in the city council from 2002 to 2009 as its sole Asian American member.

Personal life
The third of five children and the only daughter in the family, Chin immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1963. Her father, who arrived to the U.S. before his family did, was an undocumented worker, working as a waiter in the Bronx; his experiences inspired her to advocate for immigration reform during her political tenure.

Chin grew up in Chinatown and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and the City College of New York with a degree in education. She worked for 14 years at LaGuardia Community College's Division of Adult and Continuing Education. She is married to Alan Tung, a public school teacher. Their son, Kevin, also graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. He completed his studies at Syracuse University, and is now studying photography in Santa Barbara, California.

Political career
Chin has been a member of several public service groups and organizations. In 1974, she was a founding member of Asian Americans for Equality, a group dedicated to "empowering Asian Americans and others in need",and she served as the board's president from 1982 to 1986. She was the chairperson of the New York Immigration Coalition, a policy and advocacy organization which works on issues concerning immigrants and refugees.She was a board member of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing

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