Bios

Name: Tori Tran

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where have you called home? San Diego, CA; Providence, RI

Favorite class quote: “Life is not what you alone make it. Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.” – Yuri Kochiyama


Name: Soyoon Kim

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where have you called home? Seoul, Korea; Rochester, NY; Providence, RI

Favorite class quote: “We have to be bold. We have to be courageous. We have to be willing to risk again and again. In a violence and oppressive world, the work of love is never done.” – Mia Mingus, On Collaboration: Starting With Each Other


Name: Maryori Conde

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where have you called home? El Salvador; South Central LA, CA; Providence, RI

Favorite class quote: “Unless we know ourselves and our history, and other people and their history, there is really no way that we can really have positive kind of interaction where there is real understanding.” – Yuri Kochiyama


Name: Solana Huang

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where have you called home? Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Memphis, TN; Vancouver, BC, CAN; Jacksonville, FL; Providence, RI

Favorite class quote: “Communities must stand together. There must be organizing and standing up and making our voices heard and joining hands with other communities. This is absolutely fundamental to holding systems accountable and bringing justice to bear.” – Helen Zia


Name: Noah Kim

Pronouns: he/him/his

Where have you called home? Providence, RI


Name: Andrew Novoa

Pronouns: he/him/his

Where have you called home? Los Angeles, CA; El Paso, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Phoenix, AZ; Providence, RI

Favorite class quote: “There ain’t nothing magical about America! America is free and democratic to the degree to which each generation fights to keep it free based on the best that came before, and you’ll lose that freedom, you’ll lose that democracy, if you don’t make that kind of commitment with vision and courage.” – Cornel West


Name: Regina Kwon

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where have you called home? Palo Alto, CA; Turlock, CA; Davis, CA; Paris, FR; Providence, RI

Favorite class quote: “I listen to the theme of unity again and again / until I feel the theme becoming the beats of the heart.” – Chol Soo Lee, Voice’s Arising


Name: Jennifer Kim

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where have you called home? Seoul, Korea; Whippany, NJ; Providence, RI

Favorite class quote: “Why resurrect it all now. From the Past. History, the old wound. The past emotions all over again. To confess to relive the same folly. To name it now so as not to repeat history in oblivion. To extract each fragment by each fragment from the word from the image another word another image the reply that will not repeat history in oblivion.” – Theresa Hak Kyung Cha


Name: Huy Nguyen

Pronouns: he/him/his

Where have you called home? Melrose, MA; Vietnam

Favorite class quote: “Many [refugees] moved very slowly, with much confusion, ambivalence, and even misgivings, uncertain about what they were walking toward or walking” (from Body Counts, by Yen Le Espiritu). This quote introduces me to the field of critical refugee study and debunks the myth that refugees have little qualm about coming to host countries like America, Australia and European nations.


Name: Serena Shen

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where have you called home? San Ramon, CA; New York City