Grace is a first generation Chinese American raised in NYC. So when a white male election worker passed her a Korean bilingual ballot on New York’s Election Day, she pondered the big questions - “wtf is wrong with America? And how do I fix it?”
In pursuit of answers, she graduated from the City University of New York in 2018 after interning with the New York State Senate District 28. She was the only non-white person in the office.
In her free time, she thinks about Chinese poetry and what makes rap music good. She dreams about meeting AOC on the subway.
Jessica Yeung (she/her)
Jessica hadn’t been raised to be politically active. Suddenly attending protests, expanding her media digest, and analyzing the barrage of information was unfamiliar territory. And, WOW, were some of these topics tedious. Trudging through it, she realized politics and government dictated so much minutiae in life, especially at the local level. But, she believes there must be a better way to communicate her learnings to people.
She hopes this project can pierce through the noise. To those who are curiously circling the outside of civic engagement, she invites them to dive on in!
Aside from politics, Jessica’s interests include pop culture, potatoes (of the fried variety), and performing shower karaoke.
Kaitlyn Ohara (she/her)
Kaitlyn is a Bay Area born and raised Chinese-Japanese American trying to figure out life just like everyone else. Being politically engaged and informed are not as easy as staying up to date on her favorite TV shows, Great British Bake Off and Supergirl. The drive of the BLM protests and outcry for change inspired her to get more involved and connect with others. Kaitlyn hopes to creatively help others digest AAPI political and social topics, including public and mental health issues.
Julia Yao (she/her)
Julia is a Chinese American who immigrated to the United States when she was six years old. She has a Master in Public Health and has dedicated her career to supporting minority, low-income, communities of color to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities. For several years she managed community health programs in Seattle and North Carolina. In the midst of current political and social tensions, she hopes to use creative outlets and storytelling to engage the public in important conversations around poverty, racism, and civic engagement. Julia calls Seattle home and will never take for granted the Pacific Northwest’s abundant hikes and beautiful coasts.