ALIST Magazine Summer 2018: Finding your Niche Issue

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SUMMER 2018 Issue 15



ERG Summit Keynote Sessions by Thought Leaders Workshops (Standard & Executive Tracks) Diversity Career Fair Network & Nourish meal groups with speakers and senior leaders The ATL Gala featuring NAAAP 100 & Inspire Awards, and Chopstix for Charity

Arise To Lead ATL AUG 23 -25 ,201 8 InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Featured Speakers Include:

Fred Keeton

Frank Wu

Ashish Thakur Aurora Austriaco Sophia Choi

Principal, Keeton UC Hastings Prof. & Exec. Director, Partner, Valentine Atlanta Channel Iconoclast Consulting Fmr. Chancellor ATL CEO Council Austriaco & Bueschel 2 News

Christopher Cornue David Nour

International Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Speaker & Author Navicent Health

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Dionne Mack

Global Diversity & Inclusion, Cox Automotive


Richard Lui

News Anchor, MSNBC & NBC News

James Stanford

Rupen Patel

Ben Chestnut

Jane Hyun

CEO, Influence Health

CEO of MailChimp

Author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

James Cheng

Ronald Chang

Melissa Early

Managing Director, Global HR Director, President of UPS Fitzroy Health Global Inclusion, Enterprise Cargill Transformation

VP of Enterprise Inclusion, SunTrust Bank

Xia Liu

CFO, Georgia Power

Michael Gonzales

National Diversity & Inclusion Consortium

Elba Jacqui Chew Pareja-Gallagher ACMO, Advanced

Finance, Global Retail & eCom, UPS

Technology Dev.Center

Donald Fan

Senior Director, Walmart Stores

Shawna Khouri

Managing Director, Emory & GA Tech Coulter Trans’l Fund

Maya Hu-Chan

Beck Bailey

Human Rights Author & Global Leadership Expert Campaign Foundation

Dan Sandel Founder, GoPositiv

Allen Chen

VP, Co-Brand & Affinity Products, Bank of America


PAGE 3 Connecting with My Roots by Cherry Nhor PAGE 4 Home Cooking with Andrea Nguyen PAGE 7 Breaking Ground and Bridging to The New, Sara Koike Abiusi


PAGE 12 A Storyteller Who Prefers to Tell Other People's Stories, Ada Tseng

PAGE 16 My Indochino Experience by James-Christopher Renard PAGE 20 The Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Human Values, Bryan Dosono


PAGE 26 A Practical Academic, Monica Kwok

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ummer time is when kids are on a break from




school and adults take the


time to go exploring by going on vacation.


The summer has infinite


potential as the days are longer and the warm temperatures are inviting us to alter our moods.





Mother Nature and her seasons show us that change happens and it forces us to adapt to our surroundings. It also invites us to change our perspectives, to come out of hibernation and to shed our winter coats to enjoy the warmth of sunlight. This power of seasons transforms our moods and what we do in our lives, so let’s go explore looking for the next adventure. Life is an open book but in our case a magazine for you to discover so in this issue, we bring you Cherry Nhor and her connection with Cambodia; Andrea Nguyen and her


amazing Vietnamese cooking; Sara Koike Abiusi and her digital transformation at Accenture; Ada Tseng and the Haikus for Hotties; James-Christopher and his Indochino Copyright 2018 by ALIST Magazine. Printed in the USA. All rights reserved. Cover and contents may not be reproduced in whole or in part without prior written permission. ALIST is a registered trademark of NAAAP Inc. offices. Single copies to be distributed in the U.S., its territories and posessions and Canada are $3.99 per copy. Yearly subscription rate in U.S., its territories and possessions, and Canada is $12.99. Please contact ALIST for single copy or subscription prices issued locations outside of the U.S., its territories and possesions, and Canada. For subscription orders or customer service, please access http:// Address all subscription correspondence to ALIST is published three times a year. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to ALIST Magazine c/o NAAAP 4850 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Suite 289, Lawrenceville GA 30044. NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS: Occasionally, we provide our customer list to companies whose products might interest you. If you do not wish to receive these mailings, please send your request to:

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experience; Bryan Dosono and his research on AAPIs and technology and Monica Kwok and her Harvard Law experience.

Connecting with My Roots

The medical team and I would usually wake up at around 5:30 a.m., have a quick breakfast and start making our way to the designated medical treatment facility to set up for the day. There would usually be more than 50 patients waiting in line for medical services before we arrived. By the time we finished setting up, which was around 7 a.m., there would be about 100 people sitting in the waiting area. Twelve hours later, we had attended to around 700. In addition to translating and providing basic medical care, I had personal conversations with the patients, most of whom had seen more than I could ever imagine. Their will to survive was incredible. For instance, I realized that despite dealing with their illnesses, most people traveled by foot for half a day to receive medical aid. Other methods of transportation such as taxi or tuk-tuk are simply out of reach, as the average monthly income in 2016 was roughly around 140 USD/month, according to the Trading Economics website. I noticed during triage that the most common chief complaint was fatigue. As per protocol, we measured each patient’s vital signs. The majority of the people had blood pressures in the mid-to-high 200 systolic and mid-to-low 100 diastolic. According

Being on a medical mission has many rewards, but one of the setbacks is that it is nearly impossible to follow up with patients for logistical reasons: the Medical Mission is in different parts of Cambodia every year, and most patients do not have any means for maintaining contact. As a solution to this problem, we distributed handouts translated in Khmer to help educate on health maintenance and disease prevention.

nothing and overcome the horror that was their past. I also encountered a new hope for the future of Cambodia: young, compassionate local healthcare students who want to give back to their country. What is paramount is how we can improve on what exists and invest in providing the education on basic healthcare needs to limit more suffering. Cherry Nhor received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Classical Civilization at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cherry is passionate about volunteerism, travel and advocating for underserved communities.

There were a multitude of other diseases that could have been easily prevented with proper health education. I remember the various public health campaigns in the U.S. growing up: from flossing and brushing at least twice a day, to handwashing before and after meals, to covering your cough – the instructions seemed endless and almost annoying at times. I realized while volunteering in Pursat that I had taken these announcements for granted. I did not see many public health publications as I walked through the city with my colleagues. I began to wonder how much funding went into health education in Cambodia. According to The World Bank, the public health expenditure in the U.S. was around 8.3 % in 2014, but only around 1.3% in Cambodia. Also according to the World Health Organization, the life expectancy in the U.S. (male/ female) is 77/82, whereas in Cambodia, the life expectancy is 67/71. Comparing the two countries is difficult because they are on different economic spectrums and have different funding priorities. However, I believe that the most important investment for a government is its people, and this disparity is quite concerning. I thought about my family a lot during my experience with CHPAA. I feel very lucky that they were able to escape and reside in a country that has provided them with safety and stability. I also thought about those whose own deaths offered the only escape from a living hell. Through the medical mission, I met a people left to rebuild from

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On January 2016, I had the opportunity to pursue my passion in healthcare and to further explore my Khmer roots on a medical mission to Cambodia with the Cambodian Health Professionals Association of America (CHPAA). I went to the city of Pursat, and the experience is something that I will never forget. Through the Medical Mission, I witnessed a lack of access to healthcare and public health education, as well as the extensive measures that families often have to take in order to receive medical aid.

to the American Heart Association, blood pressures greater than or equal to 180/120 without symptoms is considered a Hypertensive Urgency. I was shocked at how normal the patients appeared when I saw these readings. One of my colleagues pointed out that this was a common finding during her previous experiences in rural Cambodia.



have heard many stories about Cambodia from my parents: from the good times on the farm with food aplenty, to starvation, endless workdays and experiencing sheer horror. As a first-generation Khmer American, I will never fully know what millions of people experienced during the Khmer Rouge Regime, but I can try to understand how it still affects many of them today. I always knew that I had to go visit Cambodia for myself.

By Cherry Nhor




hen you hear Vietnamese food, what comes to your mind? A bowl of pho or spring rolls maybe? This cuisine is cookbook author Andrea Nguyen’s specialty, and she’s making Vietnamese and all Asian food accessible to the home cook who wants to try creating these dishes.

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In addition to writing cookbooks, Nguyen is a freelance writer and cooking instructor while also providing consulting services to the food industry. Nguyen took time to answer our questions ranging from her inspiration to how she balances all of her work commitments without ripping her hair out!

Jennifer Yamada: What inspires your cooking? How do you come up with dishes to make? Andrea Nguyen: My overarching goal is to help push Asian foodways from the margins into the mainstream. I like dishes that reveal an interesting technique, ingredient or human relationship. JY: Who is your culinary role model? AN: I have many, from my mother to awesome cooks and authors like Irene Kuo, James Beard, and Julie Sahni. I own a lot of books.

to explain the differences and connections between say, East, Southeast and South Asia. I recently wrote an article for my Cooking Light column about peppercorns. Its trade and history illuminate the importance of Asia to the rest of the world. JY: What is your favorite piece of cookware? AN: Right now, I love my carbon steel wok and French skillets. They’re light, hot and awesome. I also love my Japanese knives.

JY: What was the first cookbook that you read? AN: “The Whole World Cookbook.” My sisters and I signed up for the Book of the Month Club and that was among our choices!

JY: Can you describe what you went through during your one year cooking at City Restaurant? What did you learn that has stuck with you to this day? AN: Women should support one another. Mary Sue and Susan hired women like me who had no prior cooking experience. It was trial by fire. It was hard. You’re doing aerobics for eight hours a shift. It’s not glamorous whatsoever. I was good at what I did, but it was not the kind of work that I jived with. I’m not a regular-workroutine person, it turns out. Being a writer, researcher and teacher suits me better. JY: You said that you want to “capture the human connections to food” through your work. How do you think humans connect to food? AN: People make food, eat it and share it. It’s a personal, human experience. There’s context to food -- a story. If you remove that from food, you may as well be eating sticks. The human context, why and how we react to ingredients and food explains a lot about who we are. JY: Why do you think that Asian food is a cuisine that many people find “scary” to try and cook? How do you demystify this cuisine for readers? AN: Asia is huge and diverse. It’s not monolithic, yet people tend to lump all Asians into one group. I parse things out and try

JY: Food writing is popular and is a hard industry to break into. Can you briefly talk about how you became a food writer? AN: I just began reading well-written books and lots of food articles. I sent pitch letters to editors and kept my day job as a communication consultant. I built a website before there were blogging platforms and put my information out there, hoping people would find it as interesting as I did. I also got lucky and met the owner of Ten Speed Press, one of the best cookbook publishing houses in the country. After my first book, “Into the Vietnamese Kitchen,” my publisher asked me to write “Asian Dumplings,” and it kept going. My success is a combo of luck, pluck and persistence. You have to be ready and open to opportunities that present themselves. That’s true in every aspect of life.


JY: Even though cooking was a passion of yours, you turned down your dad’s offer of him paying for you to go to culinary school. Why? AN: I didn’t think culinary schools could teach me what I wanted to learn, which was Asian cooking techniques. Also, I’d learned a lot from a short stint working in a restaurant kitchen. I realized that that kind of engagement with food was not for me.

AN: I meditate and practice yoga.

JY: What is your favorite dish to make? AN: I seriously have too many. I’ve been lucky to be able to write about some of my favorite food groups -- dumplings, banh mi and pho! JY: What was your reaction when you found out that you were a clue on “Jeopardy”? In fact, how did you find out about that? AN: Someone on Twitter told me and I was totally bowled over. He sent a screenshot and there was my name. They even borrowed the subtitle of the pho book. My editor was jazzed, too. My mom unfortunately didn’t watch that night. The “Jeopardy” clue was a career highpoint, a sign that Viet food has arrived. JY: Which accolade are you most proud of and why? AN: To be respected and appreciated for what I do. I get that from home cooks and professional colleagues who tell me how much they’ve benefitted from my books. That really means a lot. I’ve been blessed by numerous cookbook award nominations and acknowledgements by organizations like NPR and Epicurious. It’s all meaningful because I’m in this industry for the long haul and do this work on a scrappy, shoestring budget. JY: In addition to being a cook, you’re also a freelance writer, culinary instructor and consultant. How do you balance everything?

JY: Which cookbook are you most proud of and why? AN: I love all my books, but “Into the Vietnamese Kitchen” is my firstborn. When I open a page and start reading, I say, “How did I manage to write that?” The first one will always be special. JY: What advice would you give home cooks who want to begin cooking Asian cuisine? AN: Pick a dish and dive in deep! JY: What does cooking mean to you? AN: Cooking sustains me on many levels. When life seems full of distractions, I go into the kitchen, turn my phone face down and get cooking. Things calm down, the cooking is a form of meditation, and I hop down my little rabbit hole to dig up something delicious. Andrea Nguyen, M.A., is a bank examiner gone astray who’s living her childhood dream of writing impactful cookbooks and teaching people how to cook well. Her acclaimed books include “Into the Vietnamese Kitchen,” “Asian Dumplings,” “Asian Tofu,” “The Banh Mi Handbook” and “The Pho Cookbook,” which was nominated for 2018 James Beard and IACP cookbook awards. Andrea also edited “Unforgettable,” a biography cookbook about culinary icon Paula Wolfert. Her forthcoming book, “Vietnamese Food Any Day,” will be published in February 2019. Andrea has contributed to publications such as Lucky Peach, Saveur, the Wall Street Journal, and Cooking Light, where she is a monthly columnist. Keep up with her via or on Instagram (@andreanguyen88) or Twitter (@ aqnguyen).


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ Harvard University, Cambridge, MA University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Yale University, New Haven, CT

Liberal Arts Colleges

Williams College, Williamstown, MA Amherst College, Amherst, MA Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

A-Plus Schools for B Students (Regional Universities North & South) Providence College, Providence, RI Bentley University, Waltham, MA Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD Elon University, Elon, NC Rollins College, Winter Park, FL Samford University, Birmingham, AL Belmont University, Nashville, TN

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A-Plus Schools for B Students (Regional Universities Midwest & West) Creighton University, Omaha, NE Butler University, Indianapolis, IN Drake University, Des Moines, IA Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

A-Plus Schools for B Students (Regional Universities West)

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA University of Portland, Portland, OR Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Top Public Schools (National Universities)

University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


National Universities

Sara Koike Abiusi Breaking Ground and Bridging to the New

Catherine Law sat down with Sara Koike Abiusi, Managing Director at Accenture Federal Services where she serves as the Civilian Technology lead, to discuss her hands-on approach to the digital transformation sweeping the federal government.


ew companies have accelerated to the future like Accenture Federal Services. The professional services firm develops intelligent technologies – digital, cloud and cyber – to drive delivery methods, management strategies, and operating models that empower mission critical systems for U.S. federal agencies. AFS grew sales in these emerging, high growth markets to over 50% of total bookings and created more than 2,050 net-new high-tech jobs over the last three years (FY14-16) including 750 net-new jobs in FY17. By bringing together digital technology with commercial practices and agile approaches, Sara Koike Abiusi helps agencies lock in long-term cost savings and develop innovative, cutting-edge capabilities for the federal market.


Few companies have supported women in technology like Accenture Federal Services. As the Civilian Technology lead, Sara Koike Abiusi drives the technology sales and delivery for her clients in the federal civilian space. She also serves as Executive Sponsor of the Accenture’s overall Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group and is the founder and lead of the DC Women in Technology Forum. She recently was honored as one of the 2018 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business. Sara Koike Abiusi grew up in Winter Haven, Florida, and attended high school in Groton, Massachusetts. She graduated in 1996 WWW.ALIST-MAGAZINE.COM | 7

from The Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Abiusi is active with the JHU Engineering Alumni society and the Women in Business Affinity group and was recently nominated to serve on the University’s elite Alumni Council. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children. She is a National Park lover and is a self-professed Jane Austenite.

CL: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was originally Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (SMET). Why do you think it became so popular? SKA: The demands in the market are evident just by looking at the amount of technology that we use daily to help with our personal and work life. The adoption and disruption curve has gone up so quickly. It’s no secret that we are facing a huge resource gap. If you look at the personnel needs and what the industry is demanding, we need people in these emerging roles, whether it is building the systems or keeping up with the rest of the world in terms of industry and technology. Historically, if you look at STEM, these roles have been filled by men. STEM is very close to my heart. As a young child I liked math a lot. I found it had a logic that made sense to me. I started taking personalized math classes in high school and had a great teacher who created my classes. At the time, I didn’t realize those classes focused on coding and software development, and I had no idea that I was learning skills 8 |



Catherine Law: Tell us about your role as Managing Director for Accenture Federal Services in Washington, D.C. Sara Koike Abiusi: Accenture Federal Services is a subsidiary of Accenture LLP, a global consulting firm with more than 400,000 people. At AFS, we focus on bringing technology and management consulting services to our clients in the U.S. federal market. Specifically, my role is leading the technology and delivery work for our civilian clients. As the Civilian Technology lead, I drive the technology sales and delivery for clients in the federal civilian space. I am responsible for quality assurance, solutioning and client data protection, as well as skills and capability development for the 2,000 employees in the Civilian practice. We bring innovation, deliver the technology, and ensure that our clients have access to our internal skills, resources and training to effectively execute the work.

that would be the foundation for my future. I realize now that making software development part of my toolset continues to be instrumental in the work I do today. In fact, while I was serving as the delivery lead, program manager and technical architect for US Postal Service, my Parcel Tracking Program won the 2013 Postal Technology Innovation award for Parcel Technology Innovation. The skills I learned as a young student helped me develop and implement an industry solution, and it was extremely rewarding

to receive that recognition with my team. CL: Have there been strides improving access for girls and women in the STEM field? SKA: Yes, there is an increased focus on how to make STEM intrinsic and interesting at an early age – to make it something fun. Overall, there is an increased focus on younger children, and specifically girls. Recently, when encouraging my 6 year-daughter before her first day at a mechanical engineering

afterschool program, I said just to give it a try. I could see her worry when she told me that she didn’t know if she wanted to do this. After her first class, I was happy to see her talk about figuring out why a parachute falls slowly out of a window versus a rock, and I could see that her imagination had been ignited. My daughter thought the program was amazing and I was thrilled when she asked about making homemade bottle rockets. More importantly, I thought it was fantastic that she has options like this – options that aren’t an academic exercise,

in mechanical engineering – and I was the only woman in my major! I know firsthand how high school and college students can benefit from seeing women in the industries they are studying. At Accenture, we are focused on hiring women in technology. In fact, more than 40 percent of Accenture’s global workforce is comprised of women. Our leadership is committed to attaining a gender balanced workforce by 2025. Additionally, by 2020, 25% of our leadership team will be female. That growth aspiration is a big reason why

"When companies bring together people of different genders, races, cultures and perspectives, we are smarter, more creative, more innovative and more relevant." but rather fun opportunities to learn. An important part of STEM is developing as an individual and growing as a student. These lessons can be learned both inside and outside of the classroom. In fact, learning has changed – and these disruptions improve educational access and I suspect will be ingrained in educational systems in the future. Take Ted Talks for example: You can access a brilliant 10-to-15-minute piece of learning and you can deliver a Ted Talk and be a part of the conversation. Successful government initiatives bring software development to elementary school age children and teach children how to code video games and apps using fun programming. Outstanding nonprofits, like Girls Who Code, are delivering fun coding activities to girls of all ages. They bring a cohort approach to their activities which offers support for like-minded children. Accenture has a long relationship with the Anita Borg Institute and Grace Hopper, which is the largest STEM conference in the world. CL: You said that you always find purpose in giving back to the community and support the work of others to broaden and heighten women’s roles in technology – can you give us some examples? SKA: As a college student, I majored

I helped launch the DC Women in Technology Forum at AFS. The Forum started as a small group to support female technology professionals and we now regularly meet with 100 to 200 women at our breakfast events. Our wide-ranging group of colleagues have a wide range of interests, to include senior leadership roles, career path choices and emerging technologies. I focus on giving back to women in technology at different stages in lifecycle. I currently support my college by helping with interns and seeing how their skills can apply to the workplace. CL: You are the Executive Sponsor of the Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group, Inclusion and Diversity lead. Tell us about the latest developments in the diversity arena. SKA: At Accenture, we know that diversity and inclusion drive innovation – and that innovation drives how we do our work. The Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group allows my community to come together to focus on professional development, celebrate our unique heritage and foster important discussion around culture in the workplace. As our ERG better understands our own cultural behaviors, it promotes an understanding of how we can be successful in a Western workplace culture. When I started this journey about 7 years ago, I had no idea that we would attract senior level coaches and build a solid foundation of professional development – on top of coming together for fun cultural events, too. In DC, to

develop and build our people inside and outside of Accenture. Inclusion and diversity are essential to the way we do business. When companies bring together people of different genders, races, cultures and perspectives, we are smarter, more creative, more innovative and more relevant. CL: Do you have a technology time out for the family? If so, what do you do to pass the time? SKA: I’m a soccer mom. My husband and I are technology-free as we cheer and coach out on the soccer field on the weekends. We favor a sit-down family dinner where we can talk about the day. We also love to play cards. I think my kids know more card games that I do! We play all different versions of Rummy and have a great time. When my Mom, family or my in-laws visit, we play cards for hours. It’s a lot of fun and it is also an easy pastime to bring with you when you travel. CL: What do you hope to pass to your kids? SKA: My dad was a 2nd generation Japanese American and I the 3rd generation, so I am hoping to pass along some of my favorite comfort foods. As a kid, I was eating sashimi by the mouthful. Also, I am all for Pho. It doesn’t have to be a cold or rainy day – I’m up for pho any day of the week. Also, I love the national park system and hope I can instill that same love in my kids. Here in Washington, D.C., we are spoiled with access to the National Mall and all the incredible national monuments where we always have fun and always learn something new. My family has hiked multiple trails at Great Falls on the Potomac River, and the best day off in the world is spending time in the national parks with my family.

For more about Sara Koike Abiusi check out these links: AFS Client Outcomes: https://www. STEM is very close to my heart: https:// 3rd generation: http://www.discovernikkei. org/en/journal/2015/10/2/round-trip/



By Jackie Ho


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Girls Burn Brighter

Let’s No One Get Hurt

Carceral Capitalism

The Place Between Breaths


Not Here: Poems

Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism

Number One Chinese Restaurant

Clarissa Goenawan

Shobha Rao

Jackie Wang

Kazim Ali

Nisha Kapoor

Kirsten Chen

Jon Pineda

An Na

Hieu Minh Nguyen

Lillian Li

Not My White Savior: A Memoir in Poems

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The Astonishing Color of After

The Incendiaries

Emergency Contact

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Julayne Lee

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Due Quach


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Ada Tseng

A Storyteller Who Prefers to Tell Other People's Stories

ALIST Magazine: Haikus with Hotties first started when you asked Godfrey Gao to exchange poetry with you about his hotness – how did he receive this and have you touched base with him to laugh about how this all started? Ada Tseng: I’ve still never met him! The initial idea for exchanging “Haikus With Hotties” came about because I had been assigned to interview Godfrey Gao for a magazine, but it was an email interview, and typing him questions to him didn’t seem as fun as, you know, seeing the first Asian male supermodel in person. So I thought, wouldn’t it be funny if I could get him to exchange haikus with me? I was just trying to come up with a scenario where he’d give me a better answer if he had to write it down through email, as opposed to making something up on the spot in person. So I have no idea what he thinks about this and have never reached out to him, but that’s OK because if you had asked me back in 2013 if I would rather see Godfrey Gao in person, or have him unwittingly kickstart the most ridiculous hot Asian man calendar series ever over email, I would have chosen the latter. AM: If you had your dream Haikus with Hotties calendar, who would be in it and why? AT: My dream Haikus With Hotties calendar is less about getting any specific people to participate, and more about making sure there is a mix of different types of folks highlighted, so that anyone looking at the final product understands that there are many different ways to be hot.


AM: Can you walk us through your process of making a calendar? What is your favorite part of the process and your worst? AT: It’s a lot like putting together a print magazine, so I just used everything I learned as a former editor of Audrey Magazine. We put together a wish list of participants based on nominations, reach out to see who’s interested, organize haikus and artwork, design the calendar, send to print, take orders, and mail!

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My favorite part is working with our little Haikus with Hotties team -- Mai Nguyen, Amanda Lui and Elizabeth Lui, plus our ambassadors Yoshi and Peter Sudarso, who have been in every calendar so far -- because there are endless jokes about all this hot Asian man research is purely for work purposes. The worst -- leaving people out. Maxim gets a Hot 100 each year. Twelve is not enough.


AM: How about one with women? AT: I’d be hesitant to make one with Asian American women unless there was some twist that I haven’t thought of yet, because I think the whole premise of a hot Asian man calendar is that we’re challenging the stereotype of the undesirable Asian male in mainstream American media and poking fun at anyone who doesn’t think it’s obvious that Asian men are hot. I feel like people already think Asian women are hot, and if anything, we’re fetishized and oversexualized because of it, so I think a hot Asian women calendar would inevitably get in the hands of the people we don’t want objectifying us in that way. AM: What is your definition of a “hottie” or “hot”? AT: I think we use the word “hottie” in kind of a tongue-in-cheek way. To me, it feels like a reference to those 1990s TeenBeat magazine with the fold-out posters of “Titanic”-era Leonardo DiCaprio and “My So-Called Life”-era Jared Leto. But I think everyone is hot in different ways. Everyone has different tastes. AM: You graduated from UCLA and received your MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College – do you think that writing today as changed? AT: I think there are less opportunities to write long-form stories. People’s attention spans for article online are getting shorter and shorter. It’s part of the reason I started exploring the podcast format. People won’t read 2,000-word articles anymore, but they’ll listen to two-hour podcasts. AM: UCLA and Bennington College are on different coasts; why did you decide to attend Bennington College in Vermont? How was it studying at such an entrepreneurial college? AT: I did the low-residency MFA program at Bennington, which is designed for students who want to get their degree without having to overhaul their lives for two to three years. So you have twoweek residencies in Vermont, but you do most your work independently with your assigned teacher for the semester. So I never moved to Vermont. I did the degree while I

was still working as a writer/editor at Asia Pacific Arts in Los Angeles. AM: With regard to education, would you encourage writers to pursue a MFA? Why or why not? AT: I really liked my experience at Bennington. I got some valuable mentorship from professors, I gained a great community of writers who I still keep in touch with years later, and I gained confidence as a writer. But I don’t know, to be honest. If you can somehow get all those things without paying tens of thousands of dollars for it, then you should do that. AM: What was the last thing you wrote? AT: I’m in the process of writing the script for an episode of the podcast Asian Americana that is about Asian men and facial hair. It’s a podcast hosted by Quincy Surasmith. It should be fun. It features interviews with Haikus-alum Desmond Chiam, Saagar Shaikh, Vishavjit Singh and Patrick Epino. AM: Tell us about Saturday School. Will you turn this into a video in the future? AT: Saturday School is a podcast I co-host with Brian Hu, who is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Asian Film Festival. It’s an Asian American pop culture history podcast, and the joke is that we’re forcing your unwilling children to listen to us while their friends are still in bed watching Saturday morning cartoons. Brian and I met working on the Asia Pacific Arts, so we’ve been covering Asian American pop culture for a long time, and we felt like people get very worked up about achieving representation in mainstream Hollywood but forget that Asian Americans have been making great work independently for decades that you can actually watch on YouTube or Amazon Video or Netflix. So it’s about paying tribute to the pioneers whose shoulders we’re standing on as we watch our current Asian American stars and artists finally get their shot in mainstream Hollywood. AM: Did you go to Chinese school? Do you think that it is a good idea for children today to attend Chinese school? AT: Yes, my mom was one of the teachers

at Berryessa Chinese School in San Jose, California, and I technically went all the way until the end of high school, even though the last few years, I skipped school a lot for cross country and track meets. I’m totally going to send my kids to Chinese school! I think most kids hate Chinese school, and adults tell you that you will regret it if you don’t learn the language when you’re a kid, which is true -- I regret not paying attention more in Chinese school and wish my Mandarin was better. So maybe I’m just perpetuating a cycle, and my kids will hate it too, but now neither my nor my husband’s Mandarin is good enough to teach them ourselves, so too bad, they have to go to Chinese school, otherwise they have no shot of learning the language. AM: You list yourself as a writer, journalist, Asian arts and cultural enthusiast. If you had to pick one to describe yourself, which one would it be? AT: I think I identify most with the label journalist, because I’m a storyteller but prefer telling other people’s stories. AM: Where would you like to travel to and why? AT: If I were still child-free, I’d probably say the Philippines or India, but I have two kids under 5, so I just like going to the Bay Area to visit my parents and childhood friends. AM: What is your favorite Asian food and why? AT: Taiwanese shaved snow ice. When I was at Bennington, I wrote a short story about a young man who was building a shaved ice machine for the girl he was in love with, because she loved the snow ice in Taiwan -- with the really thin ribbons of ice, almost like pencil shavings -- but for some reason, entrepreneurs trying to replicate it in the U.S. didn’t get the texture quite right. And he thought maybe it had something to do with the machine. It was not a good short story, but I think at the time, I was just more interested in daydreaming about Taiwanese shaved snow ice than I was writing a good short story. Ada Tseng is a journalist who has written for Public Radio International, NBC Asian America, and the Washington Post, and she hosts the Asian American pop culture history podcast Saturday School. She’s the former editor and writer of numerous Asian American publications including Asia Pacific Arts, Audrey Magazine, KoreAm Journal, and XFINITY Asia, and she created the six-episode podcast series Bullet Train. She was also featured in OC Weekly’s 2016 People Issue for her tonguein-cheek hot Asian man and poetry calendar project Haikus With Hotties. You can follow her on Twitter @adatseng @haikushotties @ wakeupsatschool, Instagram @haikuswithhotties, and



Meze-style dishes with olives, tomato, white cheese, parsley (squeezed with lemon), eggs, honey, cubanelle peppers, cucumbers, garlic sausage, and savory pastries.


Shakshouka are eggs poached in a tomato and vegetable sauce with salat katzutz (finely chopped vegetable salad with tomatoes, red onion, parsley, cilantro, cucumbers, and red or green peppers).


A favor of steamed rice (or okayu rice porridge), tofu, pickled vegetables, fermented soy beans, dried seaweed, and fish. Eggs are rolled into a tamagoyaki omelet.


A steaming bowl of Pho with a huge variety of vegetables and herbs—cilantro, bean sprouts, mint, spring onion, lime, roasted peanuts and chili.


Hafragrautur, an oatmeal porridge, is cooked in water or milk before being sprinkled with brown sugar, raisins, and melon seeds. Add a shot of omega 3-rich cod liver oil and a few spoonful of protein-packed skyr (a semi-tart Icelandic version of Greek yogurt).


Kasha, a warm porridge made from oats, millet, buckwheat, or semolina which is cooked in milk to give it an extra creaminess. It’s topped with butter, spices, dried fruits, or jam.


Nasi Lemak is soaked and cooked in coconut milk and the rice is garnished with anchovies, cucumbers, roasted peanuts, hardboiled egg and spicy sambal sauce wrapped in a banana leaf.


Upma is made from dry roasted semolina which is infused by the cumin, green chilies, cilantro, and turmeric.


Fūl Medames has fava beans which are stewed overnight and then spiced with cumin, chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice and chili pepper. Chopped hard boiled eggs are sometimes added.

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Black beans play a central role in breakfast which is mixed with rice, spiced with cumin, pepper, and garlic. Gallo Pinto often comes with eggs on the side and a host of tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya, and plantains.



Montana: Kale

Alaska: Wild salmon

Nebraska: Lima beans

Arizona: Sweet bell peppers

Nevada: Tomatillos

Arkansas: Pink-eyed purple hull peas

New Hampshire: Mussels

California: Figs

New Jersey: Tomatoes

Colorado: Cherries

New Mexico: Hatch green chiles

Connecticut: Raspberries

New York: Honey

Delaware: Apples

North Carolina: Blackberries

Florida: Star fruit

North Dakota: Rhubarb

Georgia: Peaches

Ohio: Summer squash

Hawaii: Lychees

Oklahoma: Huckleberries

Idaho: Grapes

Oregon: Plums

Illinois: Eggplants

Pennsylvania: Peppers

Indiana: Cucumbers

Rhode Island: Clams

Iowa: Sweet corn

South Carolina: Okra

Kansas: Chard

South Dakota: Saskatoons

Kentucky: Mint

Tennessee: Snap beans

Louisiana: Gulf shrimp

Texas: Watermelon

Maine: Soft-shell lobster

Utah: Carrots

Maryland: Blue crabs

Vermont: Boysenberries

Massachusetts: Currants

Virginia: Cantaloupe

Michigan: Blueberries

Washington: Strawberries

Minnesota: Gooseberries

West Virginia: Nectarines

Mississippi: Sweet potatoes

Wisconsin: Local dairy products

Missouri: Artichokes

Wyoming: Beets


MY INDOCHINO EXPERIENCE by James-Christopher Renard


consider myself a bit of a coinsure. More than that, I am a suiting specialist. So, when the time came to buy my next suit, I started my research. I checked the current season offerings of the designers already in my closet, Prada, Valentino, Theory, Marc Jacobs (et al, etc. among others?), but nothing really excited me. Then in a moment of extreme clarity, I realized that I didn’t have a Made to Measure suit. I had been hearing for a while about the MTM phenomenon on the internet and thought I would give it a try. There are so many brands of made to measure suits available now, and it is amazing because a few years ago, these companies were practically unheard of. I read some good things about this industry, and some not so good things, but one name, in particular, kept coming up. Indochino.


Indochino is the biggest MTM suit player in the game, and I decided to go for it. The process was easy enough, or so I thought. Step one. Take my measurements with the help of the website tutorial and plug them into the website form. To be fair, every required measurement – 18 of them – had its own video tutorial. A little tedious maybe, but easy enough. After taking my measurements, I was guided to Step Two. Select my personal customizations. I choose a very elegant Midnight Navy fabric. It almost seemed black, but when the right light hits it, it's obviously a deep navy blue. For the jacket, I was able to choose my lapel type, pocket type and placement. I also chose the maroon lining. For the pants, I went for a flat front, very tapered, modern classic fit. They had many more available options, but I felt that I shouldn’t go customization crazy just because I could. So I didn’t. Yay me.

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I placed the order and hoped for the best. I get excited about good suiting, and I was very excited, to say the least. This leads me to Step Three, the worst part for me, and a real consideration for someone who is used to near immediate fulfillment (satisfaction, gratification?)….the waiting. Three weeks felt like an eternity. The Indochino website lets me track the progress of my suit, and so I did. Almost every day. Then it happened. Three weeks after my first foray


into internet MTM suiting, my customized, Midnight Navy suit was out for delivery. Yes!! And I tracked the package. Almost every day. Once it shipped, I received my suit in about three days. I was so impatient, I could barely breathe! I opened the box but could tell right away that something was wrong. The jacket seemed too big, and the pants looked ridiculously long and baggy. Undaunted, I put on my best dress shirt and prepared to try it on. It was just as I had feared. The jacket was too big, and the pants belonged to someone else’s grandfather. Not the modern classic that I had ordered. Ok, take a step back. These things happen. Indochino has an alteration policy that is actually pretty cool. If your suit doesn’t fit for any reason, you can bring it to one of their storefronts, and they will alter it for free as many times as needed until it fits exactly the way you want. I made the appointment, and off I went to the Indochino store in Soho. When I got there, I was greeted by a nice woman who checked me in and set me up in a fitting room. I put the suit on, stared into the mirror and prepared my lecture for the tailor. After all, this was not what I ordered. The tailor finally arrived and, to my surprise he was really young. I’m still not convinced that he was a tailor but simply trained in pinning suits for alteration. However, to be fair to Indochino measuring again, he pointed out all the flaws in my suit himself and proved to be very knowledgeable about suiting and all of the inner workings of the garment. He pinned my suit and told me that it would be ready in roughly ten days. To be honest with you, I didn’t hold out much hope, but I had spent good money on this suit, so I was determined to see it through. And again the wait. Ten days seemed to take forever. When I got the call, I hopped on the Q train once more and headed to Soho. When I got there, this time I spoke to a nice young man. He asked me my name and then went

to get my suit. He told me that if there were still problems, I could bring the suit back, but because I did not have an appointment, I could not try it on in the store. I thought that was a little annoying, but nota bene for the next time. I just wanted my suit.

slim, around 2.25 inches, to wide, around 5 inches. A normal lapel will be between 3 and 3.5 inches. I decided to get the wide peak lapel. A wide peak lapel is flashier and a more advanced power move compared to the standard notch.

When I got home, I put on my best dress shirt and tried the suit on. The jacket was a perfect fit. The tapering along the shoulders and the silhouette of the jacket were what I was expecting when I originally bought the suit. The pants had the very clean tapered look that I expect with a modern classic fit. The only problem that remained was caused by the alteration itself. There were the little divots on each leg where the suit pant pocket and the leg taper met. It was not a big deal. Almost no one would notice them so I felt ok, but this transaction had history, and because of all the extra effort and delay, I couldn’t be objective. I decided to just put it in in my closet and move on to the next one.

Another area of customization you have over your suit is the button selection. If it’s your first time ordering a suit, then I would highly recommend going with the two-button option. I went for the two button configuration. This is the modern standard.

After about two weeks and some serious compartmentalization, I decided to try the suit on again. My mind had been freed of all of the, what I still considered to be unnecessary, trials and tribulations that I had had to deal with. The good news? I have to say, the suit rocks. Is it a Prada suit? No. Is it as good as my Valentino suit? Nope. But it is a fabulous suit in its own right, and I will feel no shame walking into any boardroom, or whiskey bar, wearing it. I give it an 8.9 out of 10.

Let's review the suit

The Hemsworth is a suit you should have in your wardrobe. My suit was from the Hemsworth line and the premium type. It is a super 120 all season 100% Merino wool. It is great for just about any occasion, the Hemsworth strikes the right balance in fabric weight and composition. The first decision that I had to make was the lapel. Indochino offers two main types of suit lapels: notched and peaked. Each of these lapels come in different widths, from

Turning my attention to the back of the jacket, I decided to get double vents, vents play an important role in a suit's character. Most suits have double vents these days, but the single vent is still a classic. In terms of comfort and maneuverability, the double vent certainly is the least constricting vent style. I will always go with double vents because it hangs better on my body. The double vents also reduce the occurrence of wrinkling when you’re sitting down. My favorite part when putting together this suit from Indochino was their amazing selection of jacket linings. I chose the retro Micro Floral Burgundy. The prints are surprisingly high quality and the inner lining is soft and comfortable. Once your jacket design has been decided upon, the next option you must choose from will be the pleats on your pants. I always want a modern classic look, so I will always go without pleats. It creates a cleaner, slimmer line like those you see in the pages of fashion magazines. These days, we want our suit pants to fit and the key to that look is a tapered leg. Overall, it is a great suit for the price. I am already preparing for my next Indochino suit.

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The Intersection of

Technology, Innovation andwith Human Values Bryan Dosono ALIST Magazine: You are currently a PhD candidate in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University, where you are seeking to understand how AAPIs construct and express their identity in online communities, and your dissertation research uncovers the ways in which AAPIs negotiate collective action in the context of online identity work – what does this mean in layman terms? Why this topic? Bryan Dosono: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are perceived as the "model minority" with a monolithic identity, in contrast to other marginalized racial groups in the United States. In reality, they are composed of different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and political ideologies. While AAPI youth lead all other racial groups in technology use and proficiency, we lack literature on understanding how AAPIs use technology for identity work — the process through which people make sense of or re-construct their identities. AAPIs engaged in online identity work may be doing so to redefine their public-facing identity and challenge existing stereotypes. Identity work in collectivist cultures can get increasingly complex with respect to AAPIs, as their identities have formed, over time, in a highly politicized and ever-evolving socio-historical context. Given AAPI’s longstanding history of silence, exclusion and immigration, my work has significant potential to inform how their involvement in contemporary social movements affect other groups who face similar oppressive challenges. My work also has the potential to inform how other marginalized or niche

AAPI subgroups come together on online platforms to collaboratively make sense of their intersectional identities and develop a sense of community with others that share an identity with them. AM: How is your dissertation? How is this level of education different than your undergraduate work? Would you recommend it? Why/why not? BD: My dissertation progress is coming along nicely — I can envision the finish line soon. I have received amazing support from my advisor and my department. I would characterize the path to a PhD as completely different than undergraduate studies. In college, students have a structured path toward completing the degree. Those who enter a PhD program, on the other hand, would need to be comfortable charting their own path for themselves to become a world expert in their respective domains. I would only recommend a PhD to people who are truly invested in devoted a lifelong career in research. AM: What advice would you give to incoming PhD candidates that you wished someone told you? BD: While building your research agenda is crucial as a junior scholar, it’s also important to find time outside the PhD program to dedicate to hobbies, passion projects and activities that improve well-being in general. Strive for balance — don’t let research encompass your entire existence. AM: Why did you choose to attend Syracuse University? BD: Syracuse University pioneered

what now known as the iSchool movement. It’s the world’s first iSchool, and I wanted to be a part of and grow that legacy. A history of the iSchool movement can be found at about/history/: “Information Schools (“iSchools”) address the relationship between information, technology and people. This is characterized by a commitment to learning and understanding the role of information in human endeavors. The iSchools take it as given that expertise in all forms of information is required for progress in science, business, education and culture. This expertise must include understanding of the uses and users of information, as well as information technologies and their applications.” AM: You are participating in the 2018 Reading Challenge and have read three so far. How is that going, and what books would you recommend for our readers? BD: I enjoy devouring books that explore speculative technology design fictions that read like “Black Mirror” episodes. I’m also an avid supporter of creative writing produced by Asian Americans. Yesterday, I just finished my fourth book of the reading challenge: Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians.” It was a comical delight. I have served on Syracuse University’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Planning Committee for the past four years and we chose to read that book as a committee in anticipation of the upcoming film adaptation. We have high hopes for seeing more WWW.ALIST-MAGAZINE.COM | 21

Asian American actors represented in mainstream media. AM: You studied Informatics at the Information School/University of Washington. Why did you choose to study this? BD: Imagine living in a town where thousands of people — students, parents, elderly, and other community members — share only one computer. Born and raised on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington State, I can testify to the scarcity of information and communication technology resources for available public use. There were no personal computers in any house in my neighborhood to tinker around with as a growing teen, and the public library was the only free access point to the internet after school hours. Today, my hometown’s one public library hosts five obsolete computers for a town of approximately 5,000 people, and nearby school district computer labs are still equipped with outdated software. It was not until I moved to Seattle after high school when I realized the magnitude of the technological divide that existed between rural and urban Washington State. Having lived in Seattle during my undergraduate years, I grew accustomed and thankful to find WiFi around nearly every corner, and everyone around me seemed to own a smartphone. However, it frustrated me to know that my community back home was not privileged with such ease of access to modern technology. Coming to college as a low-income, first-generation student meant that I had to find my own funding and career path without any of the direction provided to most of my peers. Knowing that my parents would not have the financial resources to fund my higher education, I worked diligently to apply for scholarships and grants that fully covered my expenses. Choosing an area of study was surprisingly simple: My frustration with the lack of technology access in my hometown drove me to pursue research in the interdisciplinary field of Informatics 22 |


so that I could address the social justice issue of bridging the digital divide for underserved communities. As an Informatics student, I have studied how technology, innovation and human values intersect. My passion for analyzing and solving problems is reflected in the creativity I bring to designing and creating secure information systems, user interfaces and mobile technologies. Studying Informatics at the University of Washington Information School allowed me to take a critical look at studying the digital divide and the factors that contribute to issues of information accessibility. AM: Tell us about your involvement with the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA). BD: NAPA brings together leaders from the most established Asian American Greek Letter Organizations. (I actually wrote a book chapter on the history of AAGLOs, which should be published later this fall.) I joined Lambda Phi Epsilon, the world’s largest Asianinterest fraternity, during my freshman year of college and found it to be a supportive environment that cultivated my understanding of my cultural and social identity. Membership in a historically Asian-interest fraternity has undoubtedly shaped my personal

to appreciate the value of diversity at a very early age. Growing up on a Native reservation, Asian Americans accounted for less than one percent of my home county’s demographic. “So what are you, really?” remained a frequently asked question from my peers and teachers. I identify as Filipino American, and though Filipino Americans currently comprise the second largest Asian American ethnic group in the United States, they fall subject to the scrutiny of racial ambiguity. Hispanic surnames and dark complexions contribute to the misrecognition of Filipinos as Latino, Black and even Native American. Facing difficulty in explaining my heritage to others as I knew so little about it, I sometimes found it easier to blend in with the identities of other students of color than to stand out as a Filipino American. Upon graduating from my rural high school, I experienced a complete culture shock when I moved to Seattle to study at the University of Washington. At last, no longer did I represent one of the few AAPI students in my school; I enrolled as one of thousands, and I relished this new environment so much that I jumped at every social opportunity to get to know more AAPI students. I eventually found my niche

"Facing difficulty in explaining my heritage to others as I knew so little about it, I sometimes found it easier to blend in with the identities of other students of color than to stand out as a Filipino American." journey of Asian American activism and reaffirms the importance of celebrating diversity within the greater community, and I feel that providing a bit of back story will contextualize why this organization was so crucial to my development as a young adult. Both of my parents immigrated from the Philippines to settle down on the Yakama Reservation in Washington State. Born there in the ‘90s, I came

on campus in Lambda Phi Epsilon because its membership aimed to unite AAPI leaders under one common brotherhood. Through this fraternity, I made lifelong friends that introduced me to many aspects of AAPI culture, such as K-pop music, Polynesian dancing and sushi cuisine. My fraternity brothers also educated me on deep, critical issues relevant to AAPI history that I never learned back in the classroom on the Yakama Reservation.


talk, then I’d better provide something of value. At the beginning of my presentations, I find that conveying the main takeaways up front keeps the audience aware of my goals and intentions for the presentation. AM: What are your thoughts about online education and degrees rather than traditional on campus classes/ education? BD: People have different learning styles. For many students, online education may be a better fit for their current work and family situations. I personally sought out traditional campus/residential experiences for my college and graduate education because I wanted to find opportunities where I can contribute to student life and the greater community at large. I’m five years out of undergraduate study, and the fondest moments I recall from college happened outside of the classroom.

Come graduate school, I served on the boards of both my fraternity and the National Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Panhellenic Association to educate the next generation of AAPI students to deconstruct the model minority myth, galvanize solidarity among Asians for Black lives, and mobilize students to vote so that AAPIs can demonstrate their political impact. The most rewarding aspect of my involvement with NAPA comes from creating a culture of change where I educate undergraduates to dismantle patriarchal egos and outdated conceptions of Asian male masculinity at inter/national fraternity/sorority conventions. Once clueless and uninformed, I now maintain a firm grasp on how to combat social inequities, preserve cultural traditions and activate silent Asian

American voices around me. Today I no longer feel invisible, and I envision the Asian American narrative of struggle, devotion and triumph to emerge as one of the most pronounced stories on the shelf of American history. AM: What do you hope to do after your PhD? BD: I am open to career opportunities at the intersection of people and technology. I would like to apply my research skills to solve challenging, practical problems at a global scale. I would also like to see more Asian American representation in our highest offices of government. AM: How do you mentally prepare for presentations? Any tips? BD: I view presentations as transactions of information. If an audience is going to spend their time listening to me

AM: You write and research as part of your studies. What do you do to turn off your brain and have fun/relax? BD: My peers know me to be a workaholic. It’s actually quite difficult for me to just sit still and do nothing. There’s an internal engine in me that feels like I always have to be doing something productive. Despite this and my type-A personality, I have come to prioritize time in my day to meditate and reflect, which I found to be helpful for my mental health during grad school. In my spare time, I love going to the gym with others who have designed intentional fitness goals. I have found running 5Ks as a casual, feasible way to stay in shape. Bryan Dosono is a PhD Candidate in Information Science and Technology at Syracuse University. He is a recipient of the Google Policy Fellowship, the Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship, and the iSchool Inclusion Institute Teaching Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Informatics from the University of Washington. Please visit for more about Bryan and follow him on Twitter @bdosono


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Monica Kwok A Practical Academic ALIST Magazine: You are graduating from Harvard Law School this year; what does this mean to you? Monica Kwok: Just hearing that question feels truly surreal. Graduating from Harvard Law School is meaningful to me on many levels. Pursuing a law degree was the single most empowering thing I have ever done. I grew up in a single-parent household. My mother was always my biggest cheerleader. She has had an incredibly difficult life, yet she always manages to have the most positive, upbeat attitude. She saw things in me that I couldn’t see for myself early on and believed in me like only a mother could believe in her child. So that degree will be as much hers as it is mine. I’m really looking forward to her attending my graduation so I can tell her in person how much her love and support means to me.

Outside of the classroom, I’m a very vocal person. I have no trouble articulating my thoughts and soliciting opinions. I won a lot of awards at the state and national level for speech and debate in high school and spoke regularly at public events in college, but somehow, when it came to cold calling, I was tongue-tied. Eventually, as it kept happening, I got used to it. I made the decision to approach these cold calls as opportunities to showcase my preparation and my unique viewpoints. When I framed them in this way, they became less like an attack and more like a favorable circumstance. I learned to approach cold calling with a growth mindset, and applied this lesson to other parts of my life. Even though it was difficult at first, I’m thankful for the Socratic method and its role in legal 26 |



AM: What was the best and worst part of your experience of Harvard Law School? MK: I can’t believe I’m going to say this – but the best and worst part of my Harvard experience presents itself in the two most terrifying words known to law students: cold calling. This is when a professor chooses students at random to question about the material. For the first couple months of 1L, I was really unsure of myself. I wanted to say and do the right thing all the time, because it felt like everyone else was adapting seamlessly. I know now that that was definitely not the case – none of us knew what we were doing! But there was something about being caught off guard and made to speak in front of all my peers that just petrified me.

education. AM: If you were to give an incoming student to Harvard Law advice, what would it be and why? MK: People come into law school with different outlooks. I think it’s important to remain humble, because some of your most memorable law school lessons will come from observing and interacting with your classmates. There is always something someone else can teach you. Keep an open mind and have an empathetic attitude when listening to others. Part of the law school experience is also active engagement. Make the effort to

Having that experience was important to me. Now that I’m nearly done with law school, I’ve realized that the best part about the legal profession is the advocacy aspect. Being an attorney gives one so much power as an advocate – whether for one’s self, one’s community or a population that simply needs a voice. Being an advocate for worthy causes is a responsibility I take very seriously. My decision to go into law has helped shape my worldview and given me the tools to achieve my greater goals. AM: Do you believe that women are still a minority in the law industry? If so how can we change this? If not, what have been the accomplishments?

"Being an advocate for worthy causes is a responsibility I take very seriously. My decision to go into law has helped shape my worldview and given me the tools to achieve my greater goals." participate in dialogue both in and out of the classroom. It can be intimidating because you are among so many bright people, but you have something to contribute as well. Don’t let the fear of being judged or discounted take away from your experience. It feels great to be a contributing member of the community – the pros most definitely outweigh the cons. Lastly, as you begin to plan your long-term careers, keep this in mind: Knowledge is but nothing without goodness. It is important to do what you need to do for yourself, but leaving a lasting impact on someone else’s life should be a priority as well. We are so lucky to have had the experience of attending Harvard Law. We occupy a very unique position and we should use our agency to create positive change in the world. Identify gaps in the system that you are truly passionate about filling, think about meaningful and creative ways to remedy them, and run with it. AM: Why did you go into law? MK: I was always a practical academic. I knew I wanted to be an attorney since I was 9 years old. In school, reading, writing and history were my strengths. I enjoyed critical thinking and deciphering why certain policies are the way they are. I questioned things a lot and thought about system design regularly. In eighth grade, I used to carry around a binder of newspaper articles that mentioned any Supreme Court cases. I even dressed up as Sandra Day O’Connor one day for a project! I also knew from a young age that going to college was not enough for me. I wanted to continue my academic career and go to graduate school.

MK: Unfortunately, yes. It is no secret that at big law firms, there is a shortage of women and people of color among the partnership ranks. At the associate level, it is definitely improving, but there is always room for improvement. There are a lot of institutional reasons for this disparity – without going into it too much, I think it all starts with making quality education accessible to all children. But in terms of advancing women specifically, I think there are a lot of helpful solutions that can be implemented. One of my favorite law school courses was Women in Leadership taught by Professor Hillary Sale. It was an allfemale class, and we covered so many issues relevant to being a woman in the workplace. What I really appreciated about her was the way she made it a point to emphasize intersectionality. The truth is, women of color face many more obstacles and steeper paths towards advancement. It is an uphill battle. But what I took away from the course as well as my own personal experiences is that we have to be vigilant about advocating for ourselves. Self-advocacy is one of the keys to career advancement in any field. Having allies is important as well. There will be situations where a woman is not able to advocate for herself. This is where allies can step in. Some law firms have taken the initiative to build some really fantastic programs for male allies – I think this is a good step toward creating and maintaining a more supportive workplace. AM: Would you encourage other students to participate in internships? Why or why not?

MK: Absolutely. Work experience is always a good thing. There are some really great programs out there, especially for firstgeneration professionals. I know it can be difficult these days with many positions being unpaid, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Do some research, apply for grants and try to make it happen. When I was in college, I worked three jobs during the year so that I could afford certain summer opportunities. It is important to get these experiences while you can. They can be life changing. As a law student, summer internships are important and a little more straightforward. We only have two summers between the start of school and graduation, so these jobs have to count. I came into law school knowing that I wanted to do corporate work long term, but I wanted to give litigation a shot. I worked with a wonderful group during my 1L summer and learned a lot. While I definitely enjoyed aspects of litigation, I knew that ultimately, going into corporate was still the best decision for me. I would not have known that for sure if I didn’t give litigation a try in the beginning. Another way I’ve diversified my practice experience is through what Harvard calls Student Practice Organizations and clinics. I try to do something new each year. So far, I’ve been part of the Recording Artists Project, the Securities and Exchange Commission Student Honors Program, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society’s Cyberlaw Clinic. I also reached out to a professor who is a leader in fashion law, and got some great research experience through assisting her. We still communicate regularly and help each other out. Her mentorship means a lot to me. AM: Are mentors important? Please explain. MK: Mentors are supremely important. I do a lot of research and writing on education policy, particularly with respect to underprivileged and underserved communities in this country. When I ask students about their challenges when it comes to breaking into higher education, one of the most common responses I get, particularly from first-generation high school or higher education students, is lack of mentorship. Mostly, what they are referring to is guidance and support from immediate family members and their family networks. In many cases, the adults in the household are simply not equipped with the institutional knowledge to best assist their children. Naturally, the next best thing would be to have adults in the community who have been through the process of applying to college and graduate school step in as mentors. It fills a gap that is so crucial to these students’ development academically and professionally. WWW.ALIST-MAGAZINE.COM | 27

because that’s part of being a team player. I want my friends to succeed, and if I know of a way to help them along their journey, I’m more than happy to take that extra step. AM: What do you do on your day off ? MK: Physical fitness is really important to me. It is a huge part of my weekly routine, but when I have spare time, I like to get in a really long workout. I don’t mind being in the gym for most of the year, but when

"Today, when I think about mentorship, I think about how I can help. I am a mentor through many formal academic and professional organizations, but I also do my part to chat with friends about their goals and give input where they seek it." exactly familiar with the best practices as far as choosing the right path to take in high school, applying to colleges, navigating the challenges of a professional workplace, etc. I needed to get this guidance somewhere else. When I got to college, I took the onus upon myself to open up my network and build lasting relationships with people I could envision as mentors. Although formal mentorship programs are helpful, I didn’t rely on any of those to build relationships. I made the effort to contact people in the Penn community who inspired me. I used to contact Wharton Legal Studies and Business Ethics professors and ask how I could assist them. I made it known that I was interested in getting involved and learning from them. This is how I built a relationship with an informal mentor I had, who was absolutely instrumental in my law school application process. I found that people are generally very receptive to giving advice or making introductions – especially if you reciprocate and offer to help them in the ways you can. I’ve continued to reach out to people throughout law school and have made some meaningful connections that I know will last well into the future. Today, when I think about mentorship, I think about how I can help. I am a mentor through many formal academic and professional organizations, but I also do my part to chat with friends about their goals and give input where they seek it. I am a connector – and I think a lot of my friends know that. If I don’t know the answer to something, or if I know that there is someone out there better equipped or more prominent in a certain field, I help make that connection. I’m not one to keep my network close to my chest. I share my connections, 28 |


it’s nice out, I like to run or hike outdoors. Besides that, I like to hang out with my fiancé, Pete. He is truly the most fascinating and exciting person to me. Being with him is always so much fun. We’re always doing something new. He has this amazing garden that we work on together during spring and summer. I feel like it gets more and more extravagant each year! We like to travel and go out – we’ve been on some incredible adventures. But on nights in, we like to cook together – and by that, I mean he is the head chef and I’m more like a chatty assistant. We also like to listen to records on our vintage record player or watch TV. Some of our favorite shows include “Insecure,” “The Sopranos” and “American Crime Story.”

AM: What is your go to comfort food and why? MK: I am the biggest sweet tooth. I’m not always in the mood for chocolate, but when I am, Mozart Hearts are such a treat. I get them at this cool gourmet shop in Harvard Square called Cardullo’s. I also really like light sponge cake from Asian bakeries. Basically, I love desserts of all kinds but I would have the say my favorite sweet of all is sour gummies! Monica Kwok is a third-year J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. At Harvard, Monica is involved in Student Government, the Tax Law & Financial Regulation Student Association, and the Association of Law & Business. She has also completed clinical work at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Following her graduation in May, Monica will be joining a big law firm as a corporate associate. Monica is actively involved in the Cambodian American community in Lowell, Massachusetts, where she serves on the Board of Directors of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and the Friends & Family Board of Angkor Dance Troupe. Through her work in these organizations, she intends to raise awareness for one of the nation’s highest-need populations and provide critical support for the youth in order to maximize their professional success and position them to meaningfully give back to their communities. You can find her on Twitter @KwokMonica

AM: What is in your bag right now? MK: During the week, I usually carry a large tote with my Macbook, agenda and a bar review supplement just in case I have some spare time between classes for light reading. I drink copious amounts of coffee and tea on most days, so I carry my own thermos as well. On weekends, I usually carry around one of my many small crossbody bags, or if I’m going on a hike or doing something more outdoorsy, my small Fjalraven backpack. I like to travel light, so usually, I’ll just have my wallet, keys, Chapstick and a bottle of water. I’m big on film photography, so during the warmer months, I’ll usually have a disposable camera on me. There’s something so special about the unpredictability of film. It also forces the photographer to be much more judicious with shots – something we’ve lost over time with smartphone cameras.


Growing up, education was very important to me. It was not something my family put a lot of pressure on me for – it was something I wanted to pursue for myself. I knew how powerful having a college degree could be, and I strived to take it one step further and obtain a professional degree. My family was very supportive. I will always be grateful for that. But the adults in my family came to this country later in life and were not


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