CAPAL Interns and Scholars Present Community Action Projects

As part of the CAPAL internship and scholarship program, the 2013 CAPAL interns and scholars were required to complete a group project that serves to broaden their knowledge of the APA community, build stronger bonds with other interns, and serve the APA community at large. The five groups of interns presented their group projects at the Washington Leadership Program Closing Ceremony this Wednesday.

Frank Huynh, Houa Vang, Jason Luu, and Omar Farooq chose to showcase the CAPAL interns’ and scholars’ experiences interning in Washington, D.C. Through a series of interviews, the group captured the lighthearted moments and learning processes of intern life. You can view their video here:

Brittney Xu, Laura Yu, Julie Kwon, and Daniel Yu highlighted their personal experiences in Washington D.C. as CAPAL interns through their blog, CAPitol Goods. The bloggers updated the site daily with insights into intern life, appropriate dress for an internship, as well as more serious topics affecting the AAPI community such as depression and the Bamboo Ceiling. Read about their experiences here! 

On the other hand, Qiu Fogarty, Kelly Kim, Jared Leung, and Alexander Tran’s group blog, InspiringAPA, showcased the many inspiring leaders in the APA community. The group members interviewed various APA leaders in the nonprofit, private, and educational sectors to gain knowledge about their career paths and life experiences. Participants shared stories about their backgrounds and journeys, as well as advice for young professionals seeking to make a difference in the community. Read about APA leaders and consider submitting your profile to their blog here! 

Minjun Chen and Vincent Fang decided to interview APA leaders in immigration rights, activism, and the arts for their podcast series, “Voices of Asian America.” The group interviewed DREAM activists and shared their empowering stories for the community. They will be uploading their podcasts on their Tumblr blog here. 

Last but not least, Saundarya Mehra, Christina Phan, Tejinder Mangat, and Betty Liu are investigating  the “Global Asian American Experience” on their blog, Asian American Perspectives. The group surveyed a wide range of APA students and young professionals to learn more about their experiences overseas. They hope to learn more about the cultural similarities and differences in people’s perceptions of race across the world.

CAPAL is proud to share the culminating community action projects and the hard work of our interns and scholars. Thank you for another successful summer and Washington Leadership Program series!