Herna Cruz-Louie


Herna Cruz-Louie

Human Resources Manager (Tightrope Interactive, Inc.) Executive Director & Co-Founder (American Center of Philippine Arts)

B.A. in Asian American Studies, SFSU, 2004


What was the best part of your experience in Asian American Studies at SFSU?

The best part of my experience while in Asian American Studies at SFSU was all the amazing connections I made with fellow classmates and my professors. Even after 10 years from graduating, I am still in touch with fellow Asian American Studies peers and professors. The work I do has kept me connected to others who have also continued in their community work!

How would you describe your personal, academic and/or professional growth, during your time as an Asian American Studies major/minor at SF State?

I was blessed to find meaningful work while I was still at SFSU. For the majority of the time I was at State, I worked with the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center as a Development and Executive Assistant. Looking back, it's amazing how I was able to work for an API Community Health organization in San Francisco, while at the same time educating myself about the history and struggles of API's in the U.S, and sharing my Filipino culture while performing with LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble.

I didn't know it at the time, but it all set the foundation for my career growth and passion for my community work.

What is something you learned in Asian American Studies at SFSU—a tip, a technique, a way of thinking—that you still use today?

[Asian American Studies] forced me to look at the world and my own opinions about the world with a critical lens. 

Finish this sentence:  In Asian American Studies at SF State, I discovered...


Who was your most influential SFSU Asian American Studies professor and why? 

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales was my most influential professor. Her class always stood out to me because as a performing artist, what better way to make me learn than through performance and the arts? And the reading material was amazing! My most favorite books I discovered in her class, and have reread many of them post college. 

What was your favorite Asian American Studies class at SFSU?

Filipino-American Literature with Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales. 

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