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Nov 30 "Tell me about yourself."
Alyssa Tulabut

“Tell me about yourself.” This opening question to any interview was always the most dreaded to me. It required me to be a lot of things: concise, captivating, and clear about who I was. The first, I could practice. The second, I could well enough fake. The third, that’s where the trouble came. 

Oct 31 Mini-LAT in Seattle to Keep Cambodian Families Together
Sina Sam

Washington State Cambodian American communities have been deeply shaken by the recent raids of beloved family and friends for potential deportation to Cambodia. A total of eight local men from the Seattle and Tacoma area were swept up in the most recent raids and may be deported as early as November. In response, a group of activists held a mini Leadership & Advocacy Training (LAT) on October 11 in the Seattle area focused on addressing this crisis of deportation.

Sep 26 A Story Among Many
Andy Pacificar

I spent eighteen years in prison. I was incarcerated from 1990 until 2008. It was amazing to see all the changes in the world that happened in that amount of time. In the very beginning of my journey through prison I met a young man who was at the time only 17 years old. A misguided youth if you will. I was 30 years old at the time and this young man and I started to form a bond that still is enduring and growing today. He became my friend, my brother, my son and so much more. My Brother in struggle was also a Southeast Asian Refugee. He was also a LPR (Legal Permanent Resident). 

Aug 30 Serve the People
Nkauj Iab Yang

I quickly learned that if I want positive change in an unjust situation or system, that I would have to stand up and be that change. All the discomfort I felt and experienced as a young woman, a Hmong American, a Southeast Asian American, a daughter, a student, a low-income youth, were all disempowered experiences full of discrimination. The times I felt powerful were when I spoke and stood up for love, equity, and took matters into my own hands. I want to continue feeling powerful, and I want the same for my community.

Jul 28 Meet Vy Luu - Our Summer Intern from San Diego
Vy Luu

My name is Vy Luu and I am a Research Intern at SEARAC this summer! I am a rising senior studying Sociology at Stanford University.  I was born in Vietnam but moved to San Diego when I was seven, where my mom reunited with her family who had come to the US in the years following the Vietnam War. I’m the youngest of three children, and my family still calls me “Bé,” which means “Baby” in Vietnamese.

Jul 11 Meet Peng Xue - Our Summer Intern from Wisconsin
Peng Xue Vang

My name is Peng Xue Vang and this summer I am SEARAC’s Educational Policy intern.  I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and therefore I am obligated to love two things; the Green Bay Packers and cheese. I am a first-generation Hmong American college student and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a double major in International Studies and Languages of Cultures of Asia and a certificate in Asian-American Studies.

Apr 29 The Gift of Voice
Monica Speight

We are all born with gifts that often lead us to our careers.  Some gifts are obvious, like singing, dancing, or writing, while others are not as obvious. I fall into the not so obvious category.

Mar 28 Community and the Individual
Gabriel Garcia

My mother was fifteen years old when I was born; my father was just seventeen. There are even pictures of me in my mom’s high school yearbook from the year that she graduated. Being teenage parents was not easy for them, and looking back I have no idea how they adapted. However, I know for a fact they could not have done it without the support they received from our very large extended family.