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CEP Student Profiles

Fall 2011 Semester

Apoorva Aggarwai

Apoorva Aggarwal is a senior, double majoring in Financial Economics and Asian and Asian American Studies with a concentration in South Asia. She is currently the only student pursuing the South Asia track in the AAAS Department. She is involved with a lot of different things on campus and loves to experience working in different offices. She was an Orientation Advisor last summer, and this summer she was a campus Tour-Guide with the Undergraduate Admissions Office, a Conference Assistant with ResLife and interned at the Center for Civic Engagement as a Marketing and Social Media intern. Currently, she is the Vice President of Binghamton Bhangra, Vice President of UNICEF at Binghamton University, and a peer mentor in the Emerging Leaders Program for new students including freshman and transfers and a Service Ambassador for the Center for Civic Engagement.  She is also working two jobs: Student Manager in the University Union and a Student Assistant at the Student Athlete Success Center. This winter she is traveling to India and will be accompanying a group of students from the School of Management who are taking a course called India Rising about the Indian economy. She hopes to use this research next semester, to work on an Independent Study that combines both her majors.

Raymond Eng

Raymond Eng is double majoring in Management Information Systems and Global Management, with a minor in Asian and Asian American Studies. He is a regular member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, served as a member of the Large Group Committee, and is now a co-leader of the Publicity Ministry. During his college years, he has also participated in several School of Management opportunities, including being a project intern for Blue Fly Web and a member of the Student Review Committee of his Operations Management 311 class. During his free time, he likes to dance, play basketball, go bowling, and enjoys a simple night of board games and movies. He especially enjoys going home to spend some time with his 8-year-old brother. After graduation, Raymond plans to gain some work experience before possibly going to graduate school. He hopes that his occupation will one day allow him to travel the world so that he can explore all the different cultures that the world has to offer.

Anita Guo

Anita Guo is a Financial Economics major with minor in Asian and Asian American Studies. She grew up in China and came to the   United States when she was 13. Currently a junior in BU, She is the marketing director in Imagination Craft Works (ICW) and also a member of the executive board in Chinascope. She works as a student assistant in Binghamton University Library. Since High School, she has been an active youth leader and teacher assistant at The Door, a non-profit organization that provides diverse services to young adults in NYC. In this past summer, she worked at a Medical office as a clinic biller/receptionist in Chinatown, Lower Manhattan. During the course of CEP, she volunteered at the American Civic Association at Binghamton to provide assistance for new immigrants who needed legal translations. In the future, she will continue to partner with ACA and volunteer her time to serve the needs of the Asian community in Binghamton. She lives by the motto that "The possibilities are infinite". Opportunities don't come look for us, we have to take initiatives and track them down! During her free time, she loves cooking, traveling as well as playing billiards competitively, and she is also a member of the American Pool Association. After graduation, she plans to work at a multinational corporation where she can gain a broader understanding of the world by traveling and doing businesses for the company. At the same time, she hopes to serve the Asian American community, and to give back those who have helped her along the way.

Mark Lim

Mark Lim is a Political Science and Economics major, minoring in Asian and Asian American Studies and Binghamton Scholars. However, his interests in civil society and social entrepreneurship currently motivate his academic and extracurricular life at Binghamton. He has studied abroad in China and interned at Project Enterprise, a pioneering microfinance institution in New York City. Seeing the community involvement of PE and learning about Asian-American issues through Asian Outlook magazine ignited his initial interest in CEP. He is the treasurer of the BU chapter of Amnesty International and president of Binghamton Microfinance Connection, which strives to raise support for micro-entrepreneurs and grassroots community development efforts in Binghamton and abroad. Mark performed traditional dances for Barrio, Philippine-American League's annual cultural performance night, and took consecutive classes in Beijing opera combat, bamboo flute, and Chinese singing, a saga which unfortunately came to an end. He has been humbly fortunate to work with the American Civic Association through this class, and hopes to continue to learn from them and volunteer in some way. In his free time, he enjoys reading, especially about self-improvement, playing piano and working out. After graduation, Mark plans to either teach English in China or work for a socially-concerned small business.

Kayla Natrella

Kayla Natrella is a sophomore majoring in History and Asian and Asian American Studies with a minor in Religious Studies. She is currently co-president of Amnesty International. In addition, Kayla is also a copy editor of Asian Outlook Magazine, a student-run Asian American art and literary publication and activist organization on campus. Next semester, she will be vice-president of the newly chartered Interfaith Council at Binghamton University. Kayla hopes to study abroad in India in the near future, possibly this upcoming summer. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD, researching the historical influences and affects of religion in Asia, with an emphasis on South Asia and China. Kayla plans to continue building her career within academia with the goal of becoming a professor in the future.

Johnny Thach

Johnny Thach is an Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) major with a minor in History. He is affiliated with Asian Outlook, a literary, cultural, and activist Asian-American campus publication, on the executive board as a Copy Editor, but also a contributing writer with a concentration on social justice and immigrant rights advocacy this semester. He has been active in the Vietnamese Student Association on campus, both in Binghamton as well as American University in Washington, DC. At American, he was also active as a student leader in co-founding the Asian Student Alliance and volunteering for API non-profit organizations. Also a pre-law student, he intends to continue his education in law school after graduation next year and concentrate on criminal law with a future plan in legal advocacy. His research interest focuses on Asian and Pacific Islanders' incarceration in the United States criminal justice system.

Diane Wong

Diane Wong is a double major in Political Science and Asian and Asian American Studies with a concentration in Chinese language. Recently, she was awarded Binghamton University's President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence and the Rae Baldwin Jr. Memorial Scholarship for Political Science. Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Asian Outlook Magazine and National Advocacy Chair for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), the country's oldest and largest network of Asian-American students. As the National Advocacy Chair for ECAASU, Diane works to facilitate the creation of Asian American Studies Programs across college campuses, in order to establish a professional network of Asian American Studies students and scholars to encourage, stimulate and maintain a forum for excellence in scholarship in advancing the study of Asians in America.

Diane has previously interned for Christine Chen, executive director of APIAVote!, where she helped plan the 2010 Advancing Justice Conference, a national civil rights and social rights conference that works to bring together AAPI leaders from across the country to address a broad range of issues facing the community. Diane has also worked with Professor Lisa Yun to create an Asian American Resource Guide in order to address important needs within the AAPI communities living in Binghamton, Broome County, Ithaca, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.

Last summer, Diane served as a research fellow at Columbia University's Department of Political Science, where she traveled to New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, and Houston to administer the 2011 City Neighborhoods Study Survey a mixed-mode and multi-lingual survey that focuses principally on immigrant political behavior, political participation, and racial attitudes. Currently, Diane is in the process of applying to doctoral programs in Political Science, and she hopes to pursue a career in academia.

Emily Wong

Emily Wong is Biology BA major with a minor in Chinese. As a violinist, she has been a member of the University Symphony Orchestra for over three years. She is also a member of Explorchestra, which plays music composed by its members. Her interests outside of music include steampunk clothing, mystery novels, puzzles, and tea. Over the summer, she volunteered at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a Summer Student in the Jiang Lab studying Programmed Cell Death. Specifically, she looked into the relationship between autophagy and cancer. After graduation, she plans to take a year off before applying to medical school to become a doctor. She hopes her future profession will enable her to help others find solutions to their problems and to devote enough time to continue playing the violin.

Letian Xia

Letian Xia is an Economics major at Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. He attended Shandong Economic University and Shandong University in China before transferring to Binghamton University. His field of interest is the social issues and foreign affairs of China, entrepreneurial skills and military. He has worked as the Campus Executive Officer of Alibaba Group, interned at the Bank of China and the Eaton Hydraulics, and has been the primary liaison of the American International Tire Sales Inc and the Paramount International Enterprise Co. On campus, he was the founder of an entrepreneurial association at his previous college and the co-founder of Textrade.US, a website on which the American college students can share and exchange their used textbooks for free. He has been an active part of the Binghamton University community serving as the ARTSCORPS volunteer at the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts and the Civilian Cadet at Binghamton Detachment of the U.S.Army ROTC Excelsior Battalion. Letian has developed leadership and entrepreneurial skills through his active participation in the various programs and businesses during his college time.

Jonathan Yee

My name is Jonathan Yee. I am a super senior/5th year student double majoring in English and Asian and Asian American studies at Binghamton University. I am a first generation Chinese-American. My relatives/parents are from Hong Kong and came to America in the 1970s and 80s. I was born in Manhattan in the Lower East Side by Chinatown and have vague memories of smelly fish markets and crowded streets. We currently reside in Brooklyn where I have been a resident for almost 18 years now.

I am the editor-in-chief of Asian Outlook Magazine, a major Asian-interest student publication at Binghamton University with my co-Editor-in-Chief, Diane Wong. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, photography (specifically black and white film), creative writing, playing my guitar, volleyball, and watching sports. I would want to describe myself as a sojourner, looking for truth, doing justice, loving mercy, and forming relationships on the way with like-minded people. My journey has only really begun in recent years. Faith is an important part of who I am and why I do what I do. I enjoy laughing it up and spending time with people close to me. If you get to know me, I have a rambunctious laugh. I'm excited to be part of CEP this semester and hope that my work will have a lifespan beyond my stay at Binghamton.

Spring 2011 Semester

Jenny Cheng

Jenny Cheng is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law and English with a minor in Asian and Asian American Studies. She has interned at the Broome County Public Defenders’ Office and the law offices of Levene, Gouldin & Thompson LLP. On campus, she has been an active part of the Hinman community serving as public affairs vice president and a Hinman fellow. She has been a part of the University Judicial Board, a Student Representative for the Undergraduate Student Assembly, philanthropy chair for Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and Hillside Community Representative for Harpur College Council. Jenny is planning to attend law school after graduation and has been accepted to five top law schools at the time of this posting. She has no idea what type of law she wants to go into but she is leaning towards something in public service. During her free time, she enjoys yoga, jogging, and trying to cook. After a successful career in law, Jenny plans to focus on philanthropy work.

Community Engagement Program Profiles

Susanna Lee is a Philosophy, Politics and Law major with minors in Chinese and History as well. She is a member of Sigma Omicron Pi Sorority where she has held positions as Formals Chair and Treasurer. She is now chronicling the founding history of ten Asian-affinity sororities and fraternities on this campus. She was also part of the University Judicial Board and the English Conversation Pairs Program. She currently works at the Undergraduate Admissions Office. She has interned at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Tuckner, Sipser, Weinstock & Sipser LLP, and with New York State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan. She has also worked as a personal assistant to political consultant, Chung Seto and has been a swimming instructor for Dolphin Swimming Corporation for the last seven years. She also worked as a scoopologist at The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory this past summer. After graduation, she intends to take a year off before applying to law school. She wants to stay close to her community because she hopes that one day, she will be able to give back and help those with high ambitions as many others have helped her along the way.

Community Engagement Program Profiles

Calvin Prashad is majoring in History and Political Science. He has interned for former City Councilman John Liu (now New York Comptroller) and completed a study program in China. He is currently the co-editor in chief of Asian Outlook magazine, a leading campus publication that is a student-run Asian American literary journal and activist organization. Calvin is also a part-time blogger for Asian Pacific Americans for Progress with a specific focus on the New York City area and its Asian-American population. After graduation, he plans to enter public service. He cites his experience working in a political office as his primary motivation to enter public service, particularly in ensuring that government services are available to immigrant communities.

Community Engagement Program Profiles

Diane Wong is majoring in Political Science and Asian and Asian American Studies with a concentration in Chinese language. Recently, she was awarded Binghamton University’s President’s Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence. She is also the assistant editor of Asian Outlook Magazine and serves as a Cultural Ambassador to the Institute for Asian and Asian Diasporas, Student Ambassador for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) and , Federal Service Student Ambassador for the Partnership for Public Service. She is a member of Binghamton’s nationally-ranked Policy Debate Team, vice-chair of the Student Assembly Student Outreach Committee, and sits on the Student Assembly as a Student Representative. Diane works with faculty members and advocacy organizations such as the International Leadership Foundation and the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership serve the Asian Pacific American community at large. In the summer of 2010, Diane interned for the Asian American Justice Center where she helped plan the 2010 Advancing Justice Conference, and at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where she helped plan the Veterans Health Administration Senior Management Conference. In 2011, she will be a student research fellow at Columbia University. In the future, Diane hopes to pursue graduate studies in Asian American Studies and enter public service.

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Last Updated: 6/26/12