Asian American Studies welcomes our new M.A. students
The following is information on our new cohort of M.A. students.
Phillip Cheng received his undergraduate degrees in Chinese and Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida. After graduating in 2011, he joined Teach For America, where he taught secondary math and Chinese on the Big Island of Hawaii. While on the Big Island, he received his Masters in Teaching from Chaminade University and has chaperoned several trips to China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Phillip's research focuses on the intersection between the Asian American and LGBT communities where he hopes to work with youth and families to foster a stronger sense of acceptance and awareness in the community.
Jazmine Fortes graduated from Mills College in Oakland with a B.A in Ethnic Studies and a double minor in Urban Education and Spanish. Her decision to enter the Asian American Studies program was heavily influenced by self reflection in her senior year when she realized she had gone her whole life without being taught the history and stories of her own people. This led her to do research on the impacts of colonialism on the experiences and identities of Filipinx American youth. She hopes to continue this research and work to empower and serve young folks of color.
Mai Foua Her received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) with an Education minor. Her aspires to understand how identity and cultural factors shape Asian American student experiences in higher education. Her is a believer of creating change and education equity for marginalized communities through policy.
Soojin Jeong received her B.A. in Communication with minors in Cultural Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and Japanese at Purdue University. Soojin believes in the power of sharing personal narratives in Ethnic American literature to create a space for Asian American youth.
Michelle Lee graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. She currently works for a non-profit organization as an After School Teacher at Sunset Elementary. She plans on entering the field of education where she hopes to inspire and instill a love of learning in the hearts of her students.
Chanfou Saelee received his B.A. in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.
Calvin Zhao received his B.A. in Asian American Studies from University of California, Irvine. He wants to continue his studies of gambling addictions within the Asian American communities at San Francisco State University. His Asian American hero is his mother. She left her country for a foreign land with no assistance and eventually started her own company with her husband.