Meet Our 2018 Summer Interns

Welcome our 2018 Summer Interns for our Chinatown Tenants Union and NYCHA Organizing Project, who will be developing the leadership of Asian public housing residents in Queensbridge and rent-stabilized tenants in Chinatown to fight for language access and developing their own leadership as community organizers.

Matt Li is from Surrey/East Van on Unceded Coast Salish Territories with roots in South China. He became aware about social issues during college and that is where he began to learn more about his own identity and history, and how that fit into the broader context of a settler colonial state such as Canada. He began to get involved in Vancouver’s Chinatown since 2016 and his job experience is mostly in youth work. The Asian Canadian activist movement is very different than in the States and he hopes to learn a lot from CAAAV. In the future, he hopes to take a greater role and continue to work in his hometown of East Van and Surrey. During his spare time he likes to eat food and listen to music.

Isabelle Lee is a second generation Korean-American from a working class family, born and raised in North Carolina. Moving to New York City for college allowed her to experience what community action and power within the Asian American community could look like, with its wealth of access to community organizations and diverse populations. As a student that is a constantly discussing social movements in academic spaces, she strongly believes in accessible and non-elitist forms of activism, education, and organizing. Working with CAAAV in Queensbridge housing, she hopes to build with community members in both Korean and English, how to weave art into tenant empowerment, and how to support one another. Isabelle has been a longtime supporter of CAAAV’s work and is really excited to be working here this summer!