Meet Angela Kim
Angela is a recent graduate from UCLA (June '11) with a degree in psychology. She came to the U.S. when she was 11 years old from South Korea. In regards to her advocacy in the Dream Act movement, Angela is involved with the Korean Resource Center, AKASIA (Alliance of Korean American Students in Action), and ASPIRE. She hopes to one day become a rehabilitation counselor for people with disabilities.
Catherine immigrated from her native Philippines to the city of Fremont at the age of 3. She is currently on her last semester at UC Berkeley studying political science. She joined ASPIRE last year, and since then has blossomed into a passionate organizer. She is the lead planner for ASPIRE's conference: "Our Dreams Can't Wait" and has been able to reach out to different API and immigrant organizations. She aspires to continue organizing for her community even after the DREAM Act passes.
Charles was born in Canada and immigrated to the U.S. when he was two. He could not return to Canada because his parents are not citizens and they did not want to be separated. In high school he was a member of many clubs such as: Computer, Drama, Math, Go (Japanese Board Game), Vietnamese Student Association, Amesty International, and was Captain of the Cross Country/Track team Senior year as well as an Associated Student Body officer. He has been advocating for public libraries in Oakland since 9th grade, speaking at City hall, State Legislative Day for Libraries [four consecutive years] and is one of the first youth in history that has spoken at the American Library Association's National conference. He is currently a co-chair of ASPIRE and interns for local campaigns with the hopes of becoming a community leader.
Meet David Cho
David is a recent UCLA graduate with an economics major. He is the first Korean American and first undocumented student to lead the UCLA marching band as its drum major in UCLA history. David was accepted to Georgetown, George Washington University, and UCLA for Master of Public Policy program. He will pursue his Master's degree at UCLA. David is passionate about his education and public service for others. His American Dream is to become a U.S. Senator.
Fiona came from the Philippines when she was only 13 years old to Daly City. She is a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis. She majored in Biotechnology with an emphasis on animal research. This fall, She will be starting graduate school in a Stem Cell Science Program. She plans on furthering my education in hopes of someday becoming a professor and making a breakthrough in regenerative medicine. Currently, she is the co-chair of ASPIRE SF and has worked on a letter campaign in support of the California Dream Act.
Meet Frank Seo
Frank came to the United States from South Korea when he was 15 years old. Currently, he is a fourth year student at UCLA majoring in History and East Asian Studies. Frank aspires to become a United States Ambassador. Frank's interests are movies and cooking.
Ju came from South Korea when he was 11 years old. Ju attended Laney College in Oakland, where he was elected as very first Asian American undocumented student body president. Currently, he is a fourth year at UC Berkeley where he serve as a student government Senator, and he hopes to graduate with a major in Political Science in 2012.
Mario came to the United States at the age of 12. With only one year in Robertson Middle School, he ranked 7th place in his 8th grade class. He then went on to Oceana High School, where he graduated high school as valedictorian.This 21-year old Chinese-Peruvian recently obtained his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley, and is going to graduate in Construction Management at CSU East Bay in the Fall. Mario served as Spring 2011 Co-chair of ASPIRE SF, and currently he is interning for ASPIRE SF.
Jirayut emigrated from Thailand to the United States when he was nine years old. An aspiring medical doctor, New is now a senior at UC Berkeley. Throughout college, he has been able to maintain a 3.7 GPA while being involved in groups such as the Thai Student Association, the American Medical Student Association, and ASPIRE at Asian Law Caucus. He hopes to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health and wants to the lessen barriers that low-income and immigrant families of America face in accessing healthcare. He has grown into an unexpected activist fighting for equal immigrant rights.
Meet Steve Li
Steve Li is currently a student at City College of San Francisco majoring in Biology. Last year Steve Li was put into deportation proceedings and spent over two months in a detention center in Arizona awaiting deportation. Fortunately, he was able to come back home to San Francisco with the support from the community and the Asian Law Caucus that led to Senator Dianne Feinstein introducing a private bill to delay Steve's deportation to Peru. Now he is involved in his community as an advocate for the DREAM Act and immigrant rights. His career aspiration is to go into the field of medicine and open a free clinic in the Bay Area to serve the uninsured/under insured immigrant community.