Congratulations to our 2019 APIQWTC scholarship awardees, Paige Chung and Bo Hwang!
Paige Ho Thuy My Chung is pursuing her B.A. in Critical Ethnic Studies and English at Kalamazoo College, MI. As a recent summer organizer at API Equality – Northern California 2018, Paige worked on the Dragon Fruit Network, an intergenerational support system for Queer and Trans Asian and Pacific Islander (QTAPI) elders and youth to bond and receive a network of assistance. At APIENC, they researched qualitative data, performed literature reviews, and attended a four-day leadership training. At school, Paige continues her fight for liberation in a myriad of ways. As a writing center consultant, they encourage writers to speak in their native tongues while pushing for language diversity on campus. As an Intercultural Center-Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Liaison, she pushes for visibility and access to transgender and low-income resources on and off campus. Paige looks forward to expanding their soundscape at her Nature in Words Writing Fellowship at Pierce Cedar Institute as they complete their senior thesis “The Entanglements of Vietnamese-Diasporic People, The Nail Salon Industry, and Community”. Paige is committed to building and fostering communal support and power for QTAPI liberation, in addition to publishing individual writings.
Bo James Hwang is a post-baccalaureate student at UCLA Extension. His career goal is to become a primary care physician and public health researcher who will improve care for marginalized communities. Although Bo resides in Los Angeles, he calls Bay Area his second home. In the summer of 2016, he advanced data collection for LGBTQ patients at Asian Health Services in Chinatown, Oakland. This past summer and fall, he conducted research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health to improve biomedical prevention methods for gay and transgender men of color who use meth. Bo is currently the Student/Young Professional Director II for Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, a research community advisor for the first national Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Health Research Advisory Network, and the Vice President of Southern California Lambda Medical Association. In his free time, he enjoys practicing mindfulness, reading, and working out. He wants to personally give a shout out to all the donors, scholarship committee, and volunteers who made it possible for him to further his education!