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What is it like to be Asian in America? Ask Alex Dang

Poet Alex Dang Answers What Kind of Asian Are You?

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Alex Dang is an aspiring poet from Portland, Oregon. He has four things in common with Hamlet: words, words, word, and an affinity for stabbing curtains.

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T. Stephanie Tanny: Activist, Visual, and Spoken Word Artist

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Stephanie is a recent graduate of Colorado State University (CSU), where she double majored in Ethnic Studies and Sociology. During the summer of 2009, she interned for the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA); she helped advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and also created a campus action plan to address the high prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses.

This evolved into her serving as the co-chair of the Interpersonal Violence Response Task Force, which evaluated how CSU handles cases of sexual assault, rape, stalking, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Stephanie wrote a research paper which involved investigating relevant laws, interviewing survivors, and evaluating her campus-wide survey on the current process.

This past year, Stephanie also worked at the Office of Women’s Programs and Studies on her campus as the Women’s Conference co-chair and at ASAP, the main student programming board, as the Contemporary Issues Assistant Coordinator.

In her spare time, Stephanie loves to paint, write, and dabble in spoken word, where she is keen to share aspects of intersectionality within marginalized identities. Stephanie strives to be a voice and ally for underserved communities. She is currently working at Women’s Campaign Forum as the Political Programs Fellow. her bio from Center for Progressive Leadership

You can see how her experiences shaped her into becoming an activist, visual and spoken word artist and performer. This is her performance at WOPO 2011, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado’s annual art show fundraiser. She is performing Our Clothes in this video. I find her sincerity moving and her evolution from student to advocate to activist/artist an interesting path and I hope to see more of her!

p.s. Check out her artwork here!

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