This is the first in a series of blog posts by NQAPIA 2013 Summer Intern, Steven. Welcome aboard, Steven!
My name is Steven Cong, and I’m a 1.5 generation, queer Chinese American student at UC Berkeley. This summer, I have had the wonderful opportunity of building my professional development as an intern for NQAPIA. Within my first week of work, I received more opportunities to strengthen my networks and improve my skill-sets than I would have first imagined.
I still find myself processing the fact that I saw President Barack Obama in person at a White House reception for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during my very first day of work. I also had the chance to see renowned queer AAPI s like dancer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, writer Helen Zia, and White House staffers Jason Tengco and Gautam Raghavan at the event. With that inspiring LGBT and AAPI representation, I had the privilege of being affirmed as a queer person of color in the United States, which excites me for more great experiences to come this summer.
Video: President’s speech at White House AAPI Heritage Month Event, 5/28/2013