Meet the Team

Suraj Singareddy

Executive Director / Founder

Hi! I’m Suraj (He/Him). I’m a current high school senior from Atlanta, GA, and I am so excited to be building Asians in the Arts with all these amazing people! Outside of AitA, I’m involved in theatre and Gender-Sexuality Alliance at school. I also serves as a member of GLSEN’s National Student Council and spends my free time baking, watching studio Ghibli movies, and listening to musicals.

Zine Team

Katherine Leung

Zine Editor in Chief

Katherine Leung is an artist, public school art teacher, and community organizer in San Jose, California. She loves independent publishing and runs her own small press. Her favorite places in Asia are Kyzyl, Ulan-Ude, Taipei, Seoul, and of course Hong Kong!

Canto Cutie Zine

Dead Dads Zine

Misha Patel

Zine Editor

Misha is a high school student from Tampa, FL. She’s passionate about the humanities and recently became interested in writing. She is also very passionate about music, playing the violin and the snare drum for her school’s pipe band! In her free time she loves to write, bake, and play video games.

Sammie Riedman

Zine Editor

Sammie is a writer, farmer, and social activist based in Seattle, WA. She graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2019 with a BAS in Ecological Agriculture and Sociology. Her love language is leading seminar and gift giving. Fun fact from Sammie: “I am permanently craving taro milk tea. If you can’t tell, I’m a Taurus.”

Baotran Truong

Graphic Designer

Baotran is a linguistics major and film/tv minor at UCLA. When she is not trying to dismantle the patriarchy or unlearn noxious capitalist values, Baotran is sipping home-made milk tea while watching a show or movie she’s already seen 17 times. She can be found with her Australian shepherd at dog parks throughout Los Angeles. Always looking to consume more books, preferably while under a fuzzy blanket as one of her spotify playlists plays in the background.

Jaden Chee

Zine Staff

Jaden is a high school student based in Massachusetts. Jaden is a photographer and musician who occasionally writes poetry, and feels strongly about too many humanitarian issues. She handmade earrings and knit hats in her spare time to raise money for various charities, and reads and alarming number of webtoons and drinks a little too many matcha lattes.

Grace Vo

Zine Staff

Grace is a working artist based in Massachusetts. Grace likes to paint abstractly but is also into mixed media. She just launched her own scrunchie shop called Up&Down where she sells handmade vintage/thrifted scrunchies! In her free time, Grace likes to play animal crossing and cook. A big fan of a good rainbow roll and a crunchy banh xeo.

Grace’s Art

Up&Down Scrunchies

News & Opinions Team

Jenna Wang

News & Opinions Director

My name is Jenna Wang and I’m a student studying journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When I’m not writing any articles or directing the team, I’m busy singing, dancing to Kpop, or watching Netflix in my free time!

Oscar Kim Bauman

News & Opinions Writer

I’m a mixed third generation Korean American from New York City, and am currently a junior at Wesleyan University studying English. I love music and film, and beyond my work with Asians In The Arts, I’m an Arts and Culture Editor at the Wesleyan Argus, and a freelance reporter for Our Town NY.

Rochelle Gomez

News & Opinions Writer

Hi, I’m Rochelle! A Filipino Bred, Australian raised creative arts enthusiast. I specialize in writing about Asians in the Arts in all the latest and throwback tv, movies, music, and theatre. I am a semi-functioning adult working as a freelance writer and social media specialist. When I’m not questioning my life decisions, you will find me waiting in line to be front row in a mosh pit, planning my next hiking adventure, or attempting at-home dinner recipes. Follow me for more about all the things on my mind that interest me, confuse me and inspire me @simplesocialsiste

Chenzhen Hu (He/Them)

News & Opinions Writer

Queer East Asian diaspora from Spain. I enjoy dissecting media culture through a critical lens. Interested in social justice, critical race studies, queer theory, affect theory, disability studies, coloniality and building anti-racist movements within the Asian communities. Also, I’d also like to put some light on Asian artists beyond the US; particularly from Spain. During my free time, I am either eating, sleeping, playing computer games, reading or watching some TV show. Overall, my best time is when I’m spending it with my friends; laughing, talking, discussing or just eating hot pot together.

Jonon Gansukh

News & Opinions Writer

Heyo! My name is Jonon! Acting has been my passion since I was a youngster. I am currently based in New York City and study Acting & Theater at the New School for Drama. I also do Playwriting and article writing. I’ve always wanted to see more Asian representation in media. And I hope that our articles and work here have resonated and have had a positive effect on you and for representation. Other things about me are that I’m a big fan of animation and animals!

Susan Kuroda

News & Opinions Editor

Susan is a junior at Emerson College, where she currently studies Writing, Literature, & Publishing with a concentration on Publishing and a minor in Marketing. She joined the Asians in the Arts team because she wants to celebrate Asian stories with others that share her passion. In her free time, Susan likes to write, read, and explore new places.

Jaime Mah

News & Opinions Editor

Jenny Jinjoo Park

News & Opinions Writer

Lubin Kunwoo Park (박건우)

News & Opinions Writer

What’s good? My name is Lubin and I use he/him pronouns. I’m a recent graduate from Temple University, with a thorough track record for doing different things. I was a campus tour guide, a member of the student government, a resident assistant, and most recently, a part of the Temple News. Fun Fact: It was at the later where I developed an interest in writing and subsequently joined the Asians for the Arts team! I am throughly excited to share my love for the asian community in articles soon to come. Cheers!

Carla Matsue

News & Opinions Editor

I’m a Brazillian journalist, trying to understand where is my place. I’m always unsatisfied.

Cara Delos Reyes

News & Opinions Writer

Anne Lizette Sta. Maria

News & Opinions Writer

Minh Anh Vu

News & Opinions Editor

Prose & Poetry Team

Rebecca Choe

Prose & Poetry Director

Rodlyn-mae Banting

Prose & Poetry Editor

Abigail Calimaran

Prose & Poetry Writer

Cato Jun

Prose & Poetry Writer

Hey there! My name is Cato and I am one of the Prose+Poetry Staff Writers for Asians in the Arts. I try to focus on Asian folklore, traditions, and even other artists as muses for my pieces to share with everyone the beauty of our cultures. Besides writing, I also love knitting, crocheting, binging black-and-white films and animes, and editing videos for my YouTube channel. I absolutely love being part of such a supportive department and team, and am excited for you to see what all we have to offer!

Emerald Liu

Prose & Poetry Editor

Alma Mark

Prose & Poetry Writer

Initiative Team

Mikayla Kwan

Initiative Director

Sakira Hermawan

Initiative Team Member

Monica Jimenez

Initiative Team Member

Kirsten Magbanua

Initiative Team Member

I’m Kirsten Magbanua, a Filipino first gen Asian American! I’m an artist, more specifically: an animator. I love all things film and I have a deep interest in pre colonial Filipino culture, and would love to one day show that interest in stories all over the world through animation. But to get to that point: first comes representation and breakthroughs for Asians in the arts. As an Initiative team member, I help organize events and projects to give people like us to have acknowledgement and opportunity to show what we can do.

Sue Van Phan

Initiative Team Member

(She/Her/Hers) Hi! I’m Sue – Chinese-American, born and raised in Boston, MA. Ever since when I was little I always enjoy acting, singing and dancing. Aside from that, I also enjoy coloring as well as drawing. I came to a realization that I’m passionate in creating and storytelling within the Asian American community. As an artist I hope to create innovative stories that connect people to one another and learn more about each other cultures and journeys. During my free times I enjoy writing plays and hopefully, I can produce some of the plays that I wrote in the near future.

Bhavya Sharma

Initiative Team Member

Outreach Team

Christina Fusco

Outreach Director

Casey Ryu

Outreach Director

Skylar Baria

Outreach Team Member

Hi my name’s Skylar, my pronouns are she/her, and I’m super hyped to be on the Asians in the Arts team 🙂 As of right now, I am a high school junior and super passionate about lacrosse and biology. My interests often change, but sports and my family’s Indian traditions have been stable points in my life. I’m an expert at procrastinating and I love talking to new people!

Anna Le

Outreach Team Member

Vũnam Nghiêm

Outreach Team Member

Pratima Singh Thakur

Outreach Team Member

Marketing Team

Brianna Virabouth

Marketing Director

Matt Denney

Marketing Team Member

Icy Wong

Marketing Team Member

Vivian Zhu

Marketing Team Member

Art + Graphics Team

Rigel Bergonio

Art + Graphics Director

Angie Orbeta

Staff Artist

Hi! I’m Angie, a Filipina artist currently studying animation. Raised in America my whole life, I’ve been meaning to tap more into my Asian background and learn more about different Asian cultures in general. I feel especially grateful that I can be a staff artist for Asian in the Arts because I can connect with myself on a cultural level by doing what I love most- which is art! When I’m not creating I enjoy dancing, listening to music, and geeking out over my favorite shows and movies ( and sometimes even drawing fanart too! )

Artstation

Aniqa Ahmed

Staff Artist

Vivi Hashiguchi

Staff Artist

Peri Law

Staff Artist

Steven Sakai

Staff Artist

Thumy Phan

Staff Artist

Savanna Thao

Staff Artist

Video/Audio Content

Madeline Chen

Video/Audio Director

Jung Park

Video/Audio Content Team Member

Sakshi Nemlekar

Video/Audio Content Team Member

Riw Rakkulchon

Video/Audio Content Team Member

Hannah Yoon

Video/Audio Content Team Member