SuYoung Yun (they/them) is a queer-trans Korean-American activist born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. They started their organizing work as a Rainier Valley Corps fellow and are passionate about empowering the QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) community to become leaders, applying the spiritual principles of Buddhism to their daily life, and utilizing their intersectional identities for collective liberation. They work as a program manager at APACE to civically empower the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Christina Nguyen (she/her) is a queer Vietnamese- American multimedia artist, activist, DJ, and stand up comedian that was born and raised in Seattle (occupied Duwamish and Coast Salish territories.) As the youth advocacy organizer, Christina strives to create joyful, creative, and empowering spaces for young people. She strives to channel her energy to support others find their powerful voices and passion through the magic of civic empowerment, poetry, art, and believing in others. Prior to joining APACE/APACEvotes, she was the coordinator of Youth Speaks Seattle and worked at The Seattle Public Library. Christina is excited to support the APACE youth fellows, not only an organizer, but as their cheerleader. She looks forward to educating and supporting the youthful Asian and Pacific Islander community journey through civic engagement/ empowerment.
As the webmaster, Sam Le (he/him) strives to support APACE and APACEvotes in their efforts of advocacy through technology. As a software engineer, Le, aims to provide technological leadership and guidance that emphasizes the needs of the community. Currently studying design and engineering at UW Seattle, Le, is studying the approaches and practices to address the challenges of language and technological barriers.
APACE Youth Fellows
“I’m a second-year ‘society, policy, & citizenship’ honors student at Seattle University currently majoring in Political Science with a Specialization in Legal Studies. I was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and my hobbies include hiking, running, volunteering, rowing, tennis, and really anything else outdoors. I look forward to learning about how to best engage and empower minority and underrepresented communities in civic participation, and then practicing what we learn to make a real difference in our community.”
“My name is TK Le, a chosen name, so feel free to ask me about what it means. I am nonbinary so I prefer to go by xe/xem/xyr/xyrself and they/them pronouns. I’m majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology at Seattle University because I want to research effective and accessible ways to treat underserved communities with medicine. Outside of school, I like to sing, read, eat my way around Seattle, and spend time with friends. I look forward to diving into researching issues that impact the AAPI community, working on the podcast, as well as learning about what it takes to work in campaigning and social media outreach.”
“Hello! My name is Taylor-Marie Mocorro, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently studying music education, with hopes to be a high school band director. Besides music and advocating for music education, I have a love for video games that started when I was very young. I hope to learn how to use arts as a voice to advocate for AAPI Civic Empowerment through APACE.”
“Hi, I’m Zenden Nhangkar. I go by she/her/hers pronouns. I’m double majoring in Design and Communications and minoring in Psychology at Western Washington University. I enjoy drawing, fashion, hiking, writing, and of course…listening to all kinds of music. A couple of things I’m excited to learn at APACE are finding out how our state government handles nationwide and bigger issues like racial equity, how to be more involved in government issues as an American citizen and how to effectively encourage others to take their part as well.”