Welcome Our New Staff Members!

As[I]Am interviews aren’t at all like reality TV competition shows, but we’re still just as excited for the outcome. Thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to apply (and offered to volunteer!). We’re so thankful that you’re helping our project grow. Now, please welcome the new members of our editorial team!




IMG_3472Alvin is the Content Editor of As[I]Am. Alvin is a writer and activist in New York who also works as a Development Coordinator for Community Solutions and APIPS organizer for CAAAV: Organizing  Asian Communities. Originally from Nashville, Alvin works to highlight Asian American lives throughout the U.S. and celebrates the experiences of queer Asian Americans. In past positions, Alvin campaigned against voting rights amendments in Minnesota and facilitated collective action for queer people of color. As a Mellon Mays Fellow and Rhodes Scholar Finalist, Alvin is particularly interested in Asian American visions of the future, connections between aesthetics and mobility, and food. You can follow Alvin on Twitter @a_quasian.


Headshot_tkimTessa Kim is the Content Editor of As[I]Am. They are particularly interested in relationships between bodies, trauma and healing justice, which they aim to explore through art while at Wellesley College. Tessa is committed to creating and (un/re)learning kinder, more loving ways of being that center the lives of QTPOC; they might very soon maintain similar levels of commitment to a Twitter account.





2015-03-04 17.57.51Penny Wang is the Volunteer Coordinator of As[I]Am.  She is currently exploring and learning how Asian Americans are placed in various places in the world.  Her interest lies in digging into the lesser known Asian American identities, especially bringing out those who are not affected by the model minority stereotype.  Since graduating Wellesley College, she became a transient moving from place to place to better understand the world and bridging culture with medicine.  You can follow her on twitter @pen_wang14 and her personal blog, Char[mander]




221642_10150172127757913_1332927_nSamuel Hernandez is the Social Media Coordinator of As[I]Am. He is a Mexican-American educator, writer, and activist based in New York City. At New York University, he studied Social & Cultural Analysis with concentrations in Africana Studies and Asian-Pacific American studies. He has worked developing comprehensive after school programs in the South Bronx and in Long Island City, as a Certified Interpreter for the New York City Mayor’s Office, and trying to determine how to make pop culture more inclusive of various subject positions and backgrounds. You can follow him on twitter @samhernandezny


As I Am HeadshotSonum is the Social Media Coordinator of As[I] Am. She is currently working and living in the Greater Los Angeles area while figuring out how to figure out how to mesh her passions for disability justice, public health, health politics and feminism into some kind of career or life path. You can find her on Twitter @sonumd



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