The newly inaugurated Chinese-American mayors of San Francisco and Oakland will be guests at Wednesday's White House state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Francis Tsang, a spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, says the mayor will fly to Washington tomorrow morning to attend the black-tie gala along with Mayor Jean Quan of neighboring
The longtime friends each made political history when they took office earlier this month.
Lee is the first Asian-American to lead San Francisco, which is roughly one-third Asian. Quan, meanwhile, is the first Asian-American woman at the helm of a major U.S. city.
Tsang says the pair already were scheduled to be in Washington this week to attend a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Published at 7:00 AM PST on Jan 19, 2011