22 West Magazine - 2021 June Graduation Issue

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Kelly Marie Tran: An Inclusive Hollywood In an evening with Long Beach State students, Kelly Marie Tran shares her journey as an Asian American woman making history in media.

by Jireh Deng

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s the daughter of immigrants, Kelly Marie Tran’s parents escaped war in Vietnam to America to start a new life. She describes how lucky she feels to have been able to pursue an acting career

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when her parents at her age were just trying to survive. “Where I got was only made possible because I had reached a certain level on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs where I got to that place where I could think about

self-fulfillment. My parents didn’t get that,” said Tran. The journey she described wasn’t easy, starting at community college and having to work as a student to pay for her own tuition and expenses. PHOTO BY KALEEN LUU