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S. YAN SIN, DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER

S. Yan Sin founded UEAA’s Young Women’s Leadership Program as a vehicle to empower and inspire Asian American women to take on leadership roles. Yan is an attorney who practices matrimonial law and volunteers at an immigration clinic that provides free legal services. In addition to her involvement in UEAA, Yan serves on the Board of Directors of OCA-NY. She is a fan of reality shows and enjoys yoga.

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DONNA POON

Donna is a marketing coordinator for YWLP. Donna is a masters graduate from Columbia University specializing in counseling psychology. Donna enjoys reading about feminism, dancing, and the occasional YouTube binge. Since 2009, Donna has been involved with the United East Athletics Association as a coordinator for the Fun Fun Saturday Program, a member of the lion dance team, and an avid paddler on the UEAA Dragon Boat team.

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EVELYN MAU

Evelyn is a pre-law student at Hunter College, double majoring in English and Chinese. Also in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program (THHP), she mini-minors in political science and concentrates in philosophy. She is in the Chinese Flagship Program: an intensive Chinese language learning program that develops fluent Mandarin speakers who spend their final or fifth year abroad in Beijing or Tianjin. Evelyn has been Hunter College’s Pre-Law Society’s treasurer since 2014 and worked with the Pre-Law advisor for two years as an office assistant. Evelyn is also the Vice-President of the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH), an Asian American student organization. Evelyn has been tasked with developing the #whyineedAAS campaign for the purpose of increasing administrative support for Hunter College’s Asian American Studies Program. As a dedicated member of the movement and support for Asian Americans and other people of color, she also has experience working in the New York City Asian American Student Conference (NYCAASC), and the Committee Against Asian American Violence (CAAAV). In her free time, Evelyn enjoys watching shows with female/people of color leads such as “Elementary,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” and “Blackish”. She is a devoted journal writer and loves reading memoirs.

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LINDA CHEN

Linda is a paraprofessional for students with special needs at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY. A native of Chinatown, Linda has experienced her share of struggles as an Asian American woman and hopes to address some issues Asian Americans face and find ways to combat them through YWLP. When she is not working with students, she spends time outdoors with her nine-month-old daughter, Skylar, and likes to go dessert hunting (she is insanely OBSESSED with cream puffs from Beard Papa’s).

 

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MICHELLE POH O’MALLEY

Born and raised in Singapore, Michelle is of mixed Chinese-American heritage. After majoring in politics at the University of Virginia, she spent 2 years in Senegal as an urban agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer (https://omalleyausenegal.wordpress.com/) before moving to New York City. She currently serves as a humble civil servant in the Federal government, working in the project management division for real estate properties throughout the city. In her free time, when she is not crafting costumes, she acts as the volunteer coordinator for Young Government Leaders, enjoys all things science fiction, explores the various culinary wonders that New York has to offer, and wishes she had more time to rock-climb and practice yoga. With the YWLP, she is committed to encouraging women and girls to be leaders in their communities, and proving that feminism is not a dirty word.

 

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SHARON TONG, MANAGING EDITOR

Sharon is the Managing Editor of the YWLP blog. A native of Queens, NY, she grew up in a culturally diverse community and loves getting immersed in different cultures. With a journalism background, Sharon has a love for news (pick her brain about anything and everything about food and entertainment-related) and copyediting (she cringes uncomfortably when she sees typos and fact errors). A food aficionado, she loves experimenting with her taste buds and making a mess in the kitchen. When she is not out to satisfy her sweet tooth, she is burning those calories off by running and training for her first race.

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TABITHA SIN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Tabitha is the Editor-in-Chief of the YWLP blog. When she is not sifting through educational material for standardized tests, she creates worlds in the distant future on black market organ harvesting and also writes about the mixed-Asian experience. Her speculative fiction short stories can be found in Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction and Dear Robot: An Anthology of Epistolary Science Fiction, and her hybrid memoir-fiction pieces have been published by Side B Magazine and Moonroots. She has taken creative writing workshops at the Asian American Writers Workshop, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Winter Tangerine: Sing That Like Dovesong, and is a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation alum. She enjoys all things horror, is a samgyeupsal fiend, and afraid of the day when birds become conscientious.

VICTORIA TAN

Victoria has been a Fun Fun Saturday volunteer and YWLP member since 2012. It took her five years but she (finally!) graduated in May 2016 from Stony Brook University as a Mathematics and Information Systems major. She was born and raised in Chinatown, NY, and cannot see herself ever leaving the city. She has three younger sisters and grew up in a matriarchal Asian household, surrounded by strong women, and strongly believes in women’s equality and empowerment. Right now, she works as a technical recruiter — so if you ever need help with your résumé or next opportunity, or even bump into her in Chinatown, feel free to say hi!