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Jennifer Pae is a community organizer, public policy advocate and an effective leader for change at the local, state and national levels. Born in the Bay Area, Jennifer has made Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood her home. She currently serves on the Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board and is seeking to represent District 2 on Oakland’s City Council.
Jennifer is the past President of the United States Students Association (USSA), the oldest and largest national student organization, representing over 2.5 million college students. In addition to managing a more than million-dollar budget, she fought for access to higher education as USSA’s chief spokesperson to the White House, testified before the United States Senate, and negotiated federal policy with the Department of Education.
After concluding her term as USSA President, Jennifer moved back to the Bay Area to be closer to her family from whom she inherited the values of hard work and perseverance. Jennifer’s mom, a first generation immigrant, raised two children while working and studying to become a nurse. Jennifer made Oakland her home because she fell in love with Oakland’s unique activist history, its diverse communities, and the city’s openness to change.
When Barack Obama launched his campaign for President, Jennifer immersed herself in Oakland serving as an Obama precinct captain, organizing local voters through trainings, phone banking, and door knocking. Congressional District 9 had the most competitive race in California to select Obama delegates to the Democratic Convention, and, in a field of more than 100 candidates, Jennifer received the second-highest number of votes. Jennifer became the only Korean-American delegate in California and the youngest Korean-American delegate at the Democratic National Convention.
Jennifer currently works for an advocacy and political organization dedicated to engaging underrepresented communities in the political process. In this capacity, she manages campaigns to increase access to education and mentors young women to become active leaders in their communities.
Jennifer lives with her sister and their three dogs Sadie, Riley, and Pepsi. She is an avid runner, has completed the San Francisco Women’s Marathon and the Oakland Half-Marathon, and is now running for Oakland City Council!
-Member, Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board
-Former Board Member, National Jobs with Justice
-Board of Directors, REP Magazine, a public, private partnership and training for Alameda County youth to explore career options through live participation.
-President & Executive Director, United States Student Association
-Outreach Director, East Bay Asian Voter Education Consortium
-Board of Directors, National Women’s Political Caucus – Alameda North
-Vice President, Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
-Board of Directors, East Bay Young Democrats
-Northern California Chair, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party
-Program Member, Emerge California
-Former Board Member, Generation Change
-Project Director, PowerPAC
-Obama Delegate, Congressional District 9
Evan Low broke through several glass ceilings after being elected one of the youngest Asian American and openly gay mayors in the country. On Dec. 1, the Campbell City Council in Silicon Valley promoted the 26-year-old from vice mayor to mayor of the 38,000-resident suburban city. Low, a Chinese American who works full time as senior district representative to Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Sunnyvale), told the San Francisco Chronicle he was drawn to politics because he felt young people’s interests, such as affordable housing and the long-term solvency of Social Security, were not being addressed. He initially lost when he ran for City Council in 2004, but won a seat two years later. His mayoral term lasts one year. Campbell is 70 percent white and 11 percent Asian, with a small gay community, according to the Chronicle. Although Low said he received hate mail when he opposed California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, observers think the selection of Low to lead the San Jose suburb shows that sexual orientation is becoming less relevant an issue, especially among younger voters.
AOKI is a documentary film chronicling the life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009), a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. Filmed over the last five years of Richard’s life, this documentary features extensive footage with Richard and exclusive interviews with his comrades, friends, and former students. Viewers will learn about Richard’s childhood in a WWII Japanese American concentration camp, growing up in West Oakland, and serving eight years in the U.S. military. The film explores previously unknown facts about the formation of the Black Panther Party such as how Richard became intimately involved in its founding and contributed the first two firearms to the Party. AOKI highlights how Richard’s leadership also made a significant impact on individuals and groups in the contemporary Asian American Movement. Richard’s contributions to the groundbreaking organization Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) and its involvement in the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) student strike led to the formation of ethnic studies at U.C. Berkeley. Above all else, AOKI is a film that demonstrates the incredible dedication to justice that one man’s life has had and how the lessons of solidarity, commitment, and discipline can carry on from one generation to the next.
Sean Choi aka DJ JoonShk (Korean-American)
(excerpt from autobiography)
Born in Mt. View, CA, and lived in the San Jose/Los Gatos for most of my life. I lived different lifestyle from those typical Korean kids who studied until 5 in the morning. I went to bed at 11pm or 12am because I was tired, no need to stay up studying, when I can wake up at 6am and study before I go to school. My parents wanted to keep me out of the stereotypical loop. They just cared that I tried hard in school, and not fail any classes. Luckily, I found that self motivation and hard work, through the power of God, you can achieve anything. I think there was a reason to why I decided not to go a 4 year college, rather I go to an accelerated school that crams at least 5 years worth of knowledge in 2 and 1/2 years. I know that God had something to do with that decision, or I would be deep in an abyss right now.
The school I go to is called Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and I study Sound Arts. The school is located in Emeryville, CA (Pixar is located like 10 blocks from my school). Like I mentioned above, it is an accelerated school. The school goes by 5 week terms, not 3 month quarters, or 4 month semesters, but 5 weeks! I take classes that are only 5 weeks long, and learn about a semesters worth. The best part is, my longest break of the year is in the winter, and that’s only 10 days. I don’t think anybody in their right mind would choose this kind of school, but for some reason, I’m in it. Hopefully with this degree, I can get into either music recording and production, movie sound design, or game sound design. I am definitely looking to be working at big studios. I don’t care if I have to all the dirty work, as long as I can my name out there, I’ll be fine.
I started pursuing a degree in Sound early on in my life. Coming from a musical background, and family, I got into music. I played the saxophone for a year in middle school, but I wasn’t too good at it. I, then, played the bass cello for a few years in orchestra, but I got bored of classical music. Then I took up DJing, just because I wanted to do something in Hip-Hop. I tried rapping, but that didn’t work out to well. Right now, I go by “DJ JoonShk”, and it doesn’t look like that name is taken by anybody, nor will be used by anybody, so it’s mine!
Since I started DJing, a lot of doors opened up to perform and what not. My biggest gig was with my friends back in August. We opened up for Opio and Pep Love (of the Hieroglyphics), and Biassco and Aesop (of the Living Legends). I really look up to DJs like DJ Qbert, Jazzy Jeff, D-Styles, and all the other DJs that are doing their own thing.
I teamed up with some of my friends I met at school and did a few songs. Right now we’re working on an album called “2010’s”. It’ll drop sometime in 2010, and it’ll consist of 20 10’s. Haha, hope you understood that. It’s definitely not going to be like those mainstream rap albums out there right now. We’re trying to bring the HIp-Hop sound back to its raw form. One of the MCs boys, Cyberclops, made some funky beats, and they were all sampled from records, everything right down to the high hats. So check it out when it drops.
Lastly, I do Kendo(or Kumdo 검도). I’ve been doing it since 2004, and I represented Northern California at the 2008 All US Championships. Other than the hard training in this martial art, I have learned to keep my emotions under control, and also keeping focus while at school and work. I would probably be living a very different life it wasn’t for Kendo.
That is who Sean “DJ JoonShk” Choi is.
I am a Korean American.
DJ Rekha (Punjabi-American) has almost single-handedly spearheaded New York’s bhangra scene, Rekha is regarded as a pioneer in the South Asian music community. She supports a wide range of causes related to South Asians. DJ Rekha serves on the boards of Breakthrough, a human rights organization, and Pop and Politics. She lectures extensively at colleges and institutions about Bhangra and South Asian cultural production. She was NYU Asian/Pacific/American’s Artist in Residence and taught a class on South Asian Popular Culture.
DJ Mike Relm is a Chinese American DJ, turntablist, and VJ from San Francisco, California. As a solo artist, Relm is known for live performances which feature a series of audio mashups paired with video images, manipulated in real-time with a turntable-like device (e.g. Pioneer DVJ1000). Mike Relm has toured with the famous Blue Man Group. He performed at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Bonnaroo, as well as the renound Audiotistic-Future Sound Festival which featured Outkast and Mos Def.