Asian American and Pacific Islander women share their stories at the “Proud Immigrant Voices” event on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at ASU West campus. The event will be held in the University Center Room B119 and will include a reception with snacks.
“Proud Immigrant Voices” will feature stories by:
Katie Hae Leo
– Katie is a writer and performer whose work has been published and performed widely. For more on Katie visit www.katiehaeleo.com
Donna Cheung –
Born in Hong Kong, Donna immigrated to the US as a young child and calls Phoenix her home. Trained in medical anthropology, she is currently a caregiver of family members and the President of the Japanese-American Citizens League, Arizona chapter (JACL-AZ).
Jamila & Fatima Rahim
– Jamila and Fatima are both upperclassman at the Desert Ridge High School and are not only involved with their campus, but also within their community. Both hold positions in their Student Council as well as the Bangladesh Association of Phoenix.
– This is Sapna’s second time at the mic to tell her story of immigration. She is thrilled and nervous, just the same. During the day, she pores over numbers and writes reports as a senior policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU. In the evenings she is hanging out with her two kids, husband and a dog in Tempe. Born in Delhi, she has lived in Antananarivo, Kinshasa, Chicago and a few other places, most recently Paris, from where she and her family moved in 2010.
Cindi Kishiyama Harbottle
– Cindi is a native Phoenician and grew up on a flower farm on Baseline Road. An alumna of ASU, she also served as a flight attendant for almost 20 years. She is past-president of JACL-AZ and serves on the Maricopa Community Colleges Asian-Pacific Islander Community Advisory Committee.
Claudia deLeon Guerrero Fajardo Kaercher
– Claudia is a Chamorro from the Mariana Archipelago in Micronesia, a region in the western Pacific. A resident of Arizona for over 32 years, she is founder of Island Liaison, a nonprofit organization serving Pacific Islanders. She is a member of many groups, including Lau Kanaka No Hawai’i AZ Hawaiian Civic Club and also serves on the board for Asian Chamber of Commerce-AZ and JACL-AZ.
“Proud Immigrant Voices” is co-sponsored by the ASU School of Social & Behavioral Science and the School of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies. Coordinated by Donna Cheung and Kristin Koptiuch’s ASB 340/SOC 328 Migration & Culture course. The event is made possible through a grant from Arizona Humanities with support from National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Arizona Chapter. With special thanks to Liz Warren, SMCC Storytelling Institute Director, for serving as our storytelling Coach.