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Former Supervisor Tom Hsieh Dies at 91

Former San Francisco supervisor Thomas Hsieh, 91, reportedly passed away on Sunday surrounded by his family. As the first Chinese American ever elected in a citywide elected, Hsieh served as supervisor from 1986 to 1997. He was hailed for helping the city work through economic crisis as chairman of the budget committee and helped pave the way for Asian Americans wanting to be involved in city politics.

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Former San Francisco supervisor Thomas Hsieh.
Former San Francisco supervisor Thomas Hsieh.

Olivia Wynkoop
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Former San Francisco supervisor Thomas Hsieh, 91, reportedly passed away on Sunday surrounded by his family.

As the first Chinese American ever elected in a citywide elected, Hsieh served as supervisor from 1986 to 1997. He was hailed for helping the city work through economic crisis as chairman of the budget committee and helped pave the way for Asian Americans wanting to be involved in city politics.

Born in Beijing, China in 1931, Hsieh immigrated to San Francisco in 1951 with only $400 in cash and a suitcase.

His decades-long political career consisted of leading and serving on multiple city and regional commissions, including the San Francisco Police Commission, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the San Francisco Arts Commission and Mayor Feinstein’s Gateway Committee, which made San Francisco a sister city with Shanghai.

Nationally, Hsieh took part in multiple executive boards and founded the first Asian Pacific Caucus of the Democratic National Committee. He also served as Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party under Chair Nancy Pelosi.

As an architect, Hsieh designed Stockton Street’s Mandarin Tower, along with an affordable apartment complex that won an Annual Design Award by the National American Institute of Architects.

Hsieh is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeannette, his two sons and his five grandchildren.

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Oakland Post: Week of June 7 – 13, 2023

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Big Picture Living Day

Through their global network of nearly 300 schools, Big Picture Learning activates their core initiatives by encouraging 6 healthy habits of proper nutrition, movement, healthy relationships, managing stress, adequate sleep and avoiding substances of risks. 

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On Friday, June 2 Big Picture Lving Day will be celebrated with a series of virtual events designed to improve the life of participants. Through a virtual network of schools and organizations the event will feature speakers on health, wellness, mindfulness, exercise, and overcoming challenges.

Participants will practice Yoga & Mindfulness with Dawn M. Rivers.

Dr. Marsha-Gail Davis will discuss lifestyle medicine and healthy practices, and BPL alumni former advisor Chef Bree reunites with former principal Danique “Dr. DD” Dolly and a few of their former students will discuss health and lifestyle changes.

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Big Picture Learning, an organization of progressive learning concepts centered around the belief that all students can and should live lives of their own design, supported by caring mentors and equitable opportunities to achieve their greatest potential.

Through their global network of nearly 300 schools, Big Picture Learning activates their core initiatives by encouraging 6 healthy habits of proper nutrition, movement, healthy relationships, managing stress, adequate sleep and avoiding substances of risks.

Co-founded by Elliott Washor a veteran educational leader in Rhode Island, BPL grew out of a passion for students and improving the concept of learning.

“We just had this fierce desire to evolve our educational system to one that puts students at the center of their own learning with mentors, time immersed in the community and not evaluated solely on standardized tests,” said Washor.

“The entire Big Picture Learning experience is personalized to each student’s interests, talents and needs beyond mere academic work and involves looking at each student holistically.​”

Former BPL principal, Danique Dolly says, “There are youth and adults in schools and organizations throughout the nation practicing the 6 healthy habits and speaking up on it. People have created rooms and spaces that focus on relaxation and meditation. Many adults and youth are taking steps towards wellness, a total lifestyle change and health and wellness are a part of students learning goals just as English and math are.”

“With BPLiving Day we invite all to get up, get out and get living and to do something around health and wellness,” said Dolly.

For students Jasmine Poirier and Angel Feliz and educator Andrew Coburn BPL has been life changing.

“Through collaborative physical movement, nutrition education and eating healthy together and various group activities for relaxation and mental health support, many are finding ways to live healthier and happier,” said Colburn. “For Big Picture Living Day we’re celebrating lifelong healthy habits for teens and the communities around them. BPL Day is a celebration of all the progress we have made.”

“Whether it is in my school campus or through a zoom call with people all across the world, BPLiving has an ability to bring people together to share wellness habits with each other,” said Feliz.

“Through spreading the principles of BPLiving into the everyday academic learning of my peers, I have seen them improve the quality of their lives physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Poirier. “By reestablishing sports culture with school-wide volleyball and capture the flag tournaments, students have been able to connect with each other across different grade levels, become more physically active and take a break from our everyday learning.”

In Oakland at MetWest, a BPL school in Oakland, the garden is run by parents and students. The garden serves as the foundation for nutritional learning and generational collaboration.

Today, Big Picture Learning network schools can be found in over 80 schools in 28 states, and hundreds more around the world.

For more information visit BigPicture.org

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