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Recap of last year’s Winners: 2014 Scholarship and Grant Recipients

Hello from the GAPA Foundation Programs Committee! It’s been a while since our last update, but we’re back in the (lunar) new year, just in time for a plumptious post to kick off our 2015 scholarship and grants cycle.

In 2014, Programs was busy, busy, busy…. busy trying to spend GAPA Foundation’s money, that is! And spend it we did. As we get ready to launch the new application cycle for the 2015 year, we’d like to take the time to recap all the amazing winners we had the privilege of awarding scholarships and grants to in 2014. Get ready for a big post on all of our winners!


THE 2014 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Tiffany
TIFFANY LIN

***Donald Masuda Memorial Scholarship recipient (co-funded by the Lacuna Giving Circle)***
Scholarship Award
: $1000
Academic Profile: Current student at the Parsons New School for Design
Lightning Snippet: Tiffany’s art (tlinart.com) is a gorgeous display of identity and activism – an exploration of issues pertaining to LGBTQ identity, labor, and immigration issues within the API community.


Hieu

HIEU PHAM

Scholarship Award: $1000
Academic Profile: Columbia University undergraduate, Current medical student at Rush Medical Student
Lightning Snippet: Hieu co-led the API contingent in the Heritage of Pride Parade in 2013 and was on the steering committee for GAPIMNY in NYC. He is currently the co-president of Rush PRIDE (Rush University’s LGBTQ group), is the president of APAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association) chapter at Rush, and is the Global Health Director on the National APAMSA board. His work in the community has earned him the nickname “Father Hieu.”


Tonhu
TONHU DAO

Scholarship Award: $1000
Academic Profile: Masters student at UC Berkeley obtaining a degree in Social Welfare, focusing on community mental health
Lightning Snippet: Tonhu has been involved with a number of API LGBT short films, including a short documentary titled “API Queerness and Hair,” and an upcoming documentary where Tonhu is the protagonist of a documentary that explores the life of a Vietnamese trans* masculine person in an immigrant community.


Bryan
BRYAN CHEN

Scholarship Award: $1000
Academic Profile: Undergraduate student at Swarthmore College
Lightning Snippet: Bryan is is a dancer and a performer, working at the intersections of performance and activism, pushing the boundaries of how art can affect social change. Within the past year, Bryan has created works dealing with topics like U.S. Homonationalism, Orientalism, and food-induced trauma in order to create space for marginalized voices within queer and API spaces.


Howard
HOWARD LI

Scholarship Award: $1000
Academic Profile: UCSD undergraduate, Incoming medical student at Harvard Medical School
Lightning Snippet: Howard’s passions are in science, youth mentorship and empowering queer and underserved communities. In Howard’s words, “Reaching out to our youth will be important in changing the (a)political culture of science by fostering the personal, professional, and political growth of this next generation of LGBTQ/API scientists.”

 


 

THE 2014 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

Cal Q&A
CAL Q&A

Grant Amount: $1500
Project: The 8th Annual Queer & Asian Conference (QACON)
Lightning Snippet: QACON is the largest student-run conference in the nation dedicated to the intersectionality of the queer and Asian identities. The conference includes 3 days of programming, including keynote speakers, workshops, performances, free meals and free housing.


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API EQUALITY & TRIKONE

Grant Amount: $2000 and $1000, respectively
Project: The Dragon Fruit Project – a project that collects and archives API LGBTQ histories and stories. (both organizations are participants in this project)
Lightning Snippet: GAPA Foundation provided a Community Grant to API Equality in 2013 to start an internship program. The Dragon Fruit Project is a project that was started by those very interns!


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SHADES OF YELLOW (SOY)

Grant Amount: $1500
Project: “SOY Stories” – a weekly safe space meeting that encourages dialogue to occur intergenerationally and amongst Hmong LGBTQ individuals, their parents and allies.
Lightning Snippet: Shades of Yellow (SOY) is the first and only Hmong LGBTQ organization in the world.


 

OUT RUN
OUT RUN

Grant Amount: $1000
Project: “OUT RUN” is a feature-length documentary by Emmy award-winning directory, Leo Chiang, that follows a trio of dynamic transgender women as they lead the only LGBT political party in the world on a historic quest to win Congressional seats in the Phillippines.
Lightning Snippet: The $1000 Community Grant we’re providing goes directly towards a comprehensive engagement campaign targeting API queer audiences in the Bay Area.


 

Visible Silence
VISIBLE SILENCE

Grant Amount: $1500
Project: “Visible Silence – Thai Tomboys and the Ladies that love them” – is a film that explores “toms” (butch lesbians) in Thailand – people who live as gender outlaws in a traditional society that prizes femininity.
Lightning Snippet: Clips of the film were shown to Thai lawmakers by Thai activist groups earlier this year, in support of a civil union bill going before the Thai Parliament.


 

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CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION

Grant Amount: $2000
Project: The GSD (Gender Sexuality and Diversities Project) within CPA’s “Youth Mojo” space – a space dedicated to gender and sexuality within SF-based organization, CPA.
Lightning Snippet: CPA applied for a grant in 2013, but GAPA Foundation asked them to come back in 2014 once the GSD space was more fleshed out. CPA applied again this year, demonstrating how much the GSD space had grown since inception, and demonstrating outstanding commitment to their cause.


VROC

VIET RAINBOW

Grant Amount: $1000
Project: Participation in the 2015 Tet/Lunar New Year Parade in Little Saigon, CA
Lightning Snippet: Viet Rainbow came into existence as an organization in March 2013, following the LGBTQ contingent’s exclusion from participating in the cultural celebration of the Tet/Lunar New Year parade. GAPA Foundation provided Viet Rainbow with a grant in 2013 towards their efforts to mobilize a campaign for participation in Tet.


 

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CENTER FOR LGBTQ STUDIES AT THE GRADUATE CENTER CUNY (CLAGS)

Grant Amount: $1000
Project: Mini-conference of LGBTA Asian American scholars in NYC
Lightning Snippet: The goal of the conference is to encourage more LGBTA Asian Americans to enter higher academia, while providing them with strategies to navigate graduate school and beyond.


 

All in all, GAPA Foundation truly had a banner year in 2014 – awarding 5 scholarships and 9 Community Grants. Stay tuned for more information as we prepare to open up applications for our 2015 Programs cycle!

Again, a GARGANTUAN congratulations to all of our 2014 winners for the amazing work they’re doing in our community!

All the best,
Eric and Alex
GAPA Foundation Programs Committee Co-Chairs

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