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Q&A: Micah

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Q. Tell me about yourself.   
A: I’m a native Angeleno and have been fascinated with computers, video games and technology since I was 9 years old. I have over 20 years of interactive production and development experience. I've worked for Atari, AOL, Yahoo, Disney and JPL. I left JPL in 2017 to pursue a career in VR, which ultimately led to the creation of Esqapes.
Q. We have heard on social media and the news ways to solve systemic racism and police brutality. How do you think we can address this complex and multifaceted issue ? 
Unfortunately this issue doesn’t have a “quick fix” or one-size-fits-all type of solution. 
However, at the core there is a simple solution and it is integration. Even though Jim Crow is technically over, the US (and the world) remains fairly segregated through a number of different ways. Integration on a forced and functional level, is the only way people of different races will get to know, learn about and respect one another on a deeper level. 
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Q&A: Ernie

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Q: Tell me about yourself. I'm Ernie - grandfather of 2 and father of 2 children and Orange County resident.  


Q: Anti- Filipino sentiment occurred in California, Hawaii and Alaska  in the 1920’s when Filipino laborers suffered anti-Oriental  prejudice (often confused with Japanese  that preceded before them) .  Filipinos were accused of taking jobs  from white Americans And attracting white Women that spurred the passing of Anti-miscegenation laws . Tell me more about the Ilocano Manongs and this historic time in Stockton . The Ilocano "manongs"  are the pioneers of Filipinos in America who worked in the farms of Central California and the fishing industry / canneries  in Alaska.  As their ancestors in the Ilocos provinces, these workers who were hired in the before the 1960s like the self-educated Carlos Bulosan (was just grade school in the Philippines) he documented by way of first person anecdotes of his and his comrades' experiences in California. Many of these I…

Q&A: Bao

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Q:  Tell me about yourself.
Hi, I’m Bao. Welcome to my TedTalk. I never realized how strange it is to talk about yourself when someone says “tell me about yourself” outside of a job interview. 
I’m a 33 year old Vietnamese-American man. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam, grew up in Fountain Valley, California, and moved to Brooklyn, New York last year. 
I’ve been in education and worked in underserved communities at charter schools for the past 8 years first in Carson, then in Santa Ana, and now in Brooklyn. 
My parents and growing up on a steady dose of comic books and Saturday Morning cartoons instilled in me a sense of right and wrong and a love for the less fortunate that’s translated to a strong internal drive for justice. 
Working in education has made me even more passionate about ensuring there is an even playing field of opportunity for marginalized communities. Also I love combat sports like MMA and boxing, and I enjoy art and graphic design. 
Q: You previously lived in  Orange County…

Q&A: Jasmine

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(Images courtesy of Jasmine @jasyour)

Q: Tell me about yourself. 

A. My name is Jasmine, I am a 20 year old Filipino-American woman and a senior in college as a Media Studies Major. 

Q: You recently protested in San Diego. Is protesting effective ?  What was your experience like protesting with fellow protestors and police presence ? What persuaded you to protest? 
A. Yes, I do believe protesting is effective. Funnily enough, when I first arrived in Downtown San Diego with my friend, we couldn't find where the protest was for about 30 minutes. We walked around the city alone with our signs, and wondered if there even was one happening. 

We got into our car and drove around to see if there was any activity. We noticed a bunch of cop cars, yet no protestors ... until we turned the corner onto the Broadway, one of the main streets, and a parade of thousands of people were occupying the street. 

The crowd of people seemed infinite. We were no longer alone. 

As we joined them, I felt empower…