Recent Alumni News

The Lunar New Year is based on the moon's phases and not the traditional calendar so it falls on a different day every year - usually sometime between the end of January and middle of February. This year, the holiday fell on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. Many Asian countries celebrate it, and some traditions are shared, while some are not. For example, Koreans don't seek out oranges. Instead, they make it a point to eat rice cake soup or ddeokguk. It's thought you don't age another year until you… Read more
This past summer, American Ethnic Studies alum Nestor Enguerra Jr. became the project director for UW Tacoma's AAPI Thrive project. The U.S. Department of Education awarded UW Tacoma a $2 million grant to expand support and services for AAPI and low-income students. "I think we (Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans) were always on the margins of education", said Enguerra. Part of Enguerra’s focus is on meeting the requirements of the grant. “My priority is making sure students that I work… Read more
This past summer, the Washington State Attorney General's Office appointed UW AES alum Alyssa Au in the Wing Luke Civil Rights Division. Au previously did some work in the private sector after getting her Law Degree at The University of Pittsburgh School of Law before returning to Seattle and going over to the public section at the height of COVID in 2020. Alyssa graduated from The University of Washington with a double major… Read more
Schoolyear 2022-2023 is upon us, and we’re excited to begin it with you!  I was just saying a version of this greeting to my ten-year-old grandnephew who is similarly embarking on a return to school.  And as soon as he facially responded with what looked like a combination of dread and hesitation, I said to him, why don’t we just give it a try and embrace what’s up ahead?  Doing so will, at the very least, take us a step forward into facing our negative energies head on. For starters,… Read more
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Today is Husky Giving Day!We invite you to participate in this annual event and help American Ethnic Studies reach our goal of 20 gifts of any amount. Your contribution to AES is important to our department and for our students who may need assistance to complete their bachelor’s degree. American Ethnic Studies is one of the most (if not, the most) diverse departments at the University of Washington. The… Read more
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Asian American History, Shared through Graphic Novels | UW College of Arts & Sciences ( American Ethnic Studies students announced prequel and sequel to In A Yellow Tone, a fictional graphic novel based on family stories of the World War II era. Students plan to complete the next novella by Spring 2023. The book is available at the UW Libraries and will… Read more
Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL) and AES recently celebrated the installation of 'Bruce Lee Ascending' created by Han Edward So Eckelberg, American Ethnic Studies alumnus. Eckelberg's graphic work finally memorialized Bruce Lee, activist, Hollywood director, actor, martial arts artist, and UW alumnus on campus. Chosen for his activism and community impact for human rights in the Asian community, Eckelberg honors Lee for his leadership and inspiration. You can gain the full… Read more
Since 2016, the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) has selected 40 minority health leaders under the age of 40 who have been leading the charge to better patient outcomes and build sustainable healthy communities. These leaders are clinicians, patient advocates, researchers and policy makers. Despite the unexpected trials in health care during the past couple of years, these 40 leaders persevered in strengthening their communities and reducing health… Read more
Roxana Pardo Garcia (2013)  and Jake Prendez (2000) have both been featured in Community Stories -- the Read more
I am a proud Filipino American and self-described introvert. My life and artwork have been inspired by many things, including but not limited to cartoons, video games, comic books, movies, Filipino American history, and issues surrounding social justice and equity. I feel like I’ve always been hyper-aware of my Filipino American community and I made it a point to learn more about my community. I majored in American Ethnic Studies in order to better understand the issues that face not only my… Read more