HAEWON MA (SY '19) is a senior majoring in Architecture. When not at Yale, Haewon resides in El Paso, TX—sister city to Juarez, Mexico. At the moment, her interests include urban infrastructure and aging, tiny houses, and making unfulfilled promises to go to the gym. She hopes to one day create an architecture project that will result in a full-scale building. Till then, you can find her on the seventh floor of Rudolph Hall, once known as the Art and Architecture building.
ORIANA TANG (SY '19) is a senior English major and a member of the Writing Concentration. She grew up in New Jersey, which she firmly holds to be one of the most important states of the U.S. Oriana is invested in postcolonial and world-systems theory and supports double-spacing after periods.
ANANYA KUMAR-BANERJEE (BK '21) is a young woman of South Asian origin from New York City. She is a prospective Ethics, Politics, & Economics major. Despite the fact that both her parents are from the subcontinent, she does not speak any South Asian languages. Instead, she is fluent in English and Mandarin. She sometimes speaks haphazard, poorly-conjugated French. Someday, she hopes to relearn the language to ameliorate this problem. Ananya is also a poet whose work focuses on the relationship between the evolving Asian American identity and an ever-globalizing America.
SARAH JHO (TD '20) is studying Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and the History of Science, Medicine, & Public Health. As a future medical student, she wants to contribute to a clinical environment that remembers and challenges how science can be used as a tool of power. Sarah holds her family's one-room apartment in Koreatown, Los Angeles very close to heart. As a bittersweet place of comfort and stagnancy, the rent-controlled apartment is simultaneously the first roof her parents shared as newlyweds and the one they never had the capacity to leave. Sarah attributes her interest in public health to the beautiful, but complex neighborhood of Koreatown.
TIEN TRAN (SM '19) is a Vietnamese American woman born and raised in Van Nuys, California. Van Nuys sits at the intersection of the mighty 405 and 101—these are freeways for folks not from LA. Tien explored the landscapes of the city and her grandmother’s backyard and realized that there were a lot of environmental inequalities in her hometown. After completing her B.S. in Environmental Studies, she hopes to move back to California and work with communities of color to advocate for environmental justice. Her hobbies include taking Zumba classes, writing poetry, and doing embroidery.
MIHO CAREY (DC ’21) is a sophomore, majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. She concentrates on Asian American Studies and the intersection of mixed race communities in our diversifying world. She hails from the city of Atlanta and will not let you forget it. In addition to being an interviewer for Negative Space, she spends her time with Yale Refugee Project, a mixed-race students alliance, and WYBCx Yale Radio. If you feel like being Miho’s 6th (!!) listener, tune in on Thursdays at 6 PM for some bops with DJ Hapa Homie and her cohost, DJ Hella Sinki.
LILLIAN HUA (SM ’21) is a sophomore looking to double-major in Economics and Ethnicity, Race, & Migration. She’s interested in Asian American studies, East Asian studies, cities, and multisyllabic words that end in “-ism” and can be used to pigeonhole buildings. She grew up in Chicago and grew out in Shanghai, Augsburg, and New Haven, and holds Boston dear, like a cousin whom you both know is too cool for you but will go out with you for a good bowl of cheap duck pho anyway.
EILEEN HUANG (TD ’22) is a prospective English or Political Science major from Holmdel, NJ. On campus, she works at the Asian American Cultural Center and is a member of Jook Songs, Yale’s official Asian American poetry group. She enjoys petting dogs that are not her own.
NATHAN KIM (MY ’22) is a first-year from North Philadelphia and a prospective Sociology or Statistics & Data Science major. He is interested in using quantitative methods to study structural inequality. In his free time, Nathan likes to eat bread, read fiction, bother his friends, spend too much time on his math p-sets, and struggle with R problems. In addition to being an interviewer for Negative Space, Nathan is a programming chair for AASA and the social chair for KASY. But most of all, he’s your friend <3
ISABELLA LI (JE ’22) is a first-year from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, hoping to major in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology. She is interested in the power of stories and how they can be used to combat prejudice and build understanding. Outside of science and Asian American activism, she is passionate about the Kardashians, Harry Styles, Game of Thrones, The Bachelor, and Parks and Rec.
IVY LI (TD ’20.5) is currently on a gap semester studying Chinese in Taipei (+13 HRS). Before that, she was half a junior. When she is stuck at Yale, she majors in Architecture and spends a lot of time in Rudolph Hall complaining about all the reading she doesn’t do. Lately, she feels especially American, though does not think that where she is “from” does a good job of representing who she “is”. She hopes to become more involved with Negative Space when she returns in the fall.
HELENA LYNG-OLSEN (PC ’22) is a first-year who grew up half an hour from New Haven. Her maternal grandparents immigrated from Korea, and her father immigrated from Norway. She loves reading, physics, snow, cats, and listening to others’ stories.
ANNA TRAN (TD ’22) is a first-year planning on studying the History of Science, Medicine, & Public Health on a pre-med track. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she now calls Atlanta, Georgia her home and New York City her side-hustle. Straddling the nuances of being both Southeast Asian and East Asian, she works to find a place in her own narrative. She is arguably very passionate about random issues around the world, like the U.S. corn industry or the Hong Kong neon light crisis—but other than that, she is most passionate about Cantonese-style dim sum and butter pecan ice cream.
MINH VU (SM '20) is a third-year studying English and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. He hails from southern (an important distinction) New Jersey, where his family immigrated following the Vietnam War. On campus, he edits for DOWN Magazine, staffs at the Asian American Cultural Center, and sings with Out of the Blue, an all-gender a cappella group. He is interested in exploring the interface between race, gender, and class in both his academic and creative work. Beyond school, he rants on Twitter and scribbles bad poetry in his iPhone notes.
JOYCE WU (BR ’22) is a prospective Computing & the Arts major from Brooklyn, New York. In the city, she enjoys aimlessly wandering the streets and people watching as everyone else rushes past her. At Yale, you most likely bump into her on the Jitterbus line, waiting impatiently for her daily dose of caffeine. When she is not attempting to organize her life on Google Calendar, Joyce often finds herself daydreaming about sunny days, sweet potato fries, and listening to music.
ANGELA YOO (DC ’21) is a sophomore from Los Angeles majoring in Cognitive Science. Some of her favorite things include journaling, reading memoirs, dabbling in various crafts, petting dogs, and lingering in cozy coffee shops. On campus, in addition to being an interviewer for Negative Space, she is involved in Design for America and is a Peer Wellness Champion. By cataloging the oral histories of other Asian Americans, she hopes to understand how her Asian American history and identity shape her own narrative.