Category: Member Spotlight

Image description: T is indoors, sitting on a purple sofa, right arm resting on the back of the sofa, looking down and smiling toward a chessboard.

T

SEPT 2019 | T T (they/them) is a software engineer, organizer, powerlifter and gardener who is also currently an active volunteer with APIENC’s Trans Justice committee. Most recently, T has been working hard to support APIENC’s TGNC API Needs Assessment. They identify as a trans South Indian person who experiences caste privilege. T was politicized

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Ralph Leaño Atanacio

July 2019 | Ralph Leaño Atanacio Ralph (he/they) is an active participant in our Core Committee, and got his start with APIENC in 2017 as a Summer Organizer. He’s an integral part of our Dragon Fruit Committee, helping to make LGBTQ API stories accessible. Ralph identifies as 1.5 gen filipinx immigrant, queer, and arospec. He

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Junior Claros

MAY 2019 | JUNIOR CLAROS Junior (he/him) is a Capricorn Ox who identifies as an immigrant, trans, and Filipinx. He was raised in a close-knit immigrant family that gave him a strong sense of family and community. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area as a working class person of color and having to

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Mika Hernandez

MAR 2019 | MIKA HERNANDEZ Mika (she/they) is a mixed queer non binary artist, community organizer, cook, and healer. Mika was born, raised and currently lives on occupied Chochenyo Ohlone land. Mika is yonsei, chicana, and 4th generation corean american.On this land, Mika began organizing young which allowed her to start dreaming, finding and creating

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Image description: Ethan stands indoors, smiling at the camera and holding a small whiteboard that reads: "I dream of resilient, safe, and interdependent queer & trans Asian & Pacific Islander communities everywhere."

Ethan Li

JAN 2019 | ETHAN LI Ethan is a queer and nonbinary Chinese+Taiwanese American who grew up in the Midwest. They are a graduate student working on bioengineering research at Stanford while also building queer community: “Transitioning into my program while I’m still early in the process of navigating my relationship with gender has been challenging,

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JoJo Ty

NOV 2018 | JOJO TY JoJo (they/he) is an active APIENC volunteer and community leader. Jojo has brought their expertise on community walking tours to the Dragon Fruit Project Walking Tour and our Trans Justice Committee. More recently, they have helped create the graphics for our GROW Fundraising campaign! Outside of APIENC, JoJo, who identifies

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Nancy Chen

SEPT 2018 | NANCY CHEN Nancy Chen (she/her) has been volunteering with APIENC since 2015. She started off transcribing for the Dragon Fruit Project and joined the Core committee in 2017, APIENC’s leadership body. Nancy identifies as queer and non-binary. Outside of APIENC, Nancy works with elementary and middle schoolers at the Chinatown YMCA, just

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