About Our Team
Recognizing the growing gap in engaging Chinese-Canadian youth on environmental, social, and political issues, Kevin co-founded hua foundation with the goal of increasing community participation through youth empowerment opportunities.
Kevin oversees hua foundation’s external relationships with youth, policy makers, community organizations, and institutions. Ask him about hua foundation’s youth incubator projects, its research and development, and its community work.
Jackie is a writer and editor by trade, and is a seasoned facilitator who has extensive experience working with people to convene public conversations about urban health, race, and equity. She has over a decade of experience working in media and publishing. She also volunteers on our board.
Jackie manages hua foundation’s communications needs, including its project reports, proposals, and public-facing materials. She also works on program design and facilitation for hua foundation’s new Race Equity Project. Ask her about hua foundation’s race equity programming, its youth workshops, and the case for supporting the serial comma.
Leo is a fundraising and marketing specialist. He has over a decade of experience in developing programs to build a strong financial foundation, including work experience at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Pivot Legal Society.
Leo manages hua foundation’s fundraising, operations, and finances. Ask him about hua foundation’s impact on community, how to meaningfully support our work, and where social change work is moving and shifting.
Angie’s extensive and varied background includes work with Vancouver Coastal Health in policy, International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty in international development, Vancouver Public Library, and New York University in social change leadership.
Miranda is keen to forward conversations about race, identity and intersectionality, and enable hua youth to explore this personally and professionally. She holds a BCOM from UBC and MSc in Strategic Management and Planning from University College Dublin, and spent her early career in strategic advisory roles in the federal government. She now works as a senior consultant leading communication and engagement programs for public projects, ensuring people’s voices are heard in issues that impact them. Miranda loves riding her bike, road trips, dark Scandinavian crime shows, and all the dumplings possible.
Amanda Huynh is a product and food designer with a focus on community building and sustainable design. Amanda is an instructor in the Faculties of Design + Dynamic Media and Culture + Community at her alma mater, Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD).Born and raised in Treaty 7 territory in Alberta, she is now grateful to live and work on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) from ECUAD and a Master's in Food Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy. She speaks three dialects of Chinese with varying degrees of proficiency, and enjoys practicing Cantonese by volunteering her time for Chinatown-based initiatives. Amanda believes exploring her own cultural identity and heritage has made an immeasurable positive impact on her design practice, and hopes to be able to help enable the same for the next generation.
Elaine is an elementary school teacher and librarian working with the Burnaby School District. She has a background in community-based and nature-based education. She co-founded Compass Community School and Hidden Well, two organizations founded on the principle that youth must have choice and agency in charting their own educational paths. She is passionate about education reform and creating educational spaces that support diverse voices and experiences.
Elaine is thrilled to be part of Hua Foundation's commitment to bringing youth voices to the table and sustaining safe spaces for youth to engage in conversation and meaningful work around cultural identity, equity, and making change.
Christina is a third-generation member of the Cantonese (開平 / 台山) diaspora, born and raised on the unceded, occupied, and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples. A lifelong learner, Christina has found her academic home in Human Geography and Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies, combining her passions for community and urban spaces, specifically those that intersect with her family history. Inspired by feminist geographies, Christina is working towards a future in creating inclusive, equitable, and sustainable communities. Currently, her interests include: multiculturalism, identity reclamation, and the public education system. When she does not have her nose buried in research, you can find her taking photographs, on the soccer pitch, or admiring dogs passing by.
Kimberley is a queer Chinese activist growing, studying, and creating on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory. As a fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian, whose ancestors were Canadian Pacific Railway workers, and subject to the Chinese Head Tax, she is interested in how urban geography and feminist theory intersect with historic and contemporary experiences of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Kimberley’s experiential knowledge fuels her desire to inspire other diasporic Chinese youth to explore the intersection of identity and discrimination.
The changing landscape and historical identity of Vancouver’s Chinatown has inspired Emily to work with hua foundation in designing accessible, delightful brand experiences with the goal of bridging cultural gaps within the community. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University, where she studied user experience design in different contexts.
Angela first became interested in youth organizing when she became involved with various sustainability projects at her former high school, Windermere. Since then, her interests have grown to push towards examining her cultural identity, and the importance of cultural heritage in community organizing. With hua, Angela is excited to develop and strengthen connections with members of the Asian diasporic community.
Kaitlyn is the second generation daughter of a diasporic Hong Kong family now living as settlers on unceded, occupied, ancestral, and traditional Coast Salish Territories, and is learning more about what that means every day. Having graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Sociology and specializations in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies, Kaitlyn now spends most of her time trying to find ways of combining these interests with her love of community, storytelling, and food.
Louis is the founder of Chinatown Today, a publication aiming to share Chinatown’s stories – past and future. Chinatown Today is a project supported by hua foundation. Louis grew up in France and immigrated to Vancouver in the years leading up to the Olympics before setting up post in Strathcona in 2012. Louis fell in love with Chinatown, which reminded him of his years exploring the Quartier Asiatique in Paris and tasting various sweets at Tang Frères.
Claudia was inspired to find a way to cook the dishes and tell the stories she grew up with, and also pass it onto the next generation. She co-founded Shark Truth—the origins of hua foundation—where she was pivotal in shifting the conversation around shark conservation in Canada.
Bard holds an honours degree in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, with a focus on the environment, food studies, and racial and ethnic inequality. He completed a thesis on food stigma and Chinese modernist restaurants in Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Candace is excited for hua foundation’s Choi Project because she is passionate about health and good food. In 2011, Candace brought her experience as a Development Coordinator and Event Planner at the Vancouver Aquarium to hua foundation’s program Shark Truth.
Amanda is a student, reader, and writer living on the unceded, ancestral, occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her interest in literary and visual cultures—along with critical race, gender, sexuality, and cultural studies—has led her to explore editing, publishing, creating, and organizing in social justice and community-oriented projects.
Alan is an infectiously enthusiastic individual that delights in complexity. Passionate about systems thinking, strong communities, and always on the lookout for new frameworks of understanding, he’s excited to engage in the bi/tri sociocultural organizing space that the hua foundation has been nurturing for Chinese-Canadian youth.
Megan has been active in Vancouver’s arts and culture community as a writer, editor and programmer for the past decade. Through her engagement with the Vancouver Chinatown community, she met Kevin and Claudia in 2013, and began working with hua foundation in 2014. As Associate Director of Communications and Development, she developed hua foundation’s Growing Choi program, and contributed to fundraising, strategic communications, and digital engagement.
Nicole graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies. As an intern with the hua foundation, she supported the co-conceptualization of the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, a youth advocacy group for public space activation in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and to foster intergenerational and intercultural dialogues.
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