School/Major: Boston University/B.A. in Art History | Ethnicity: Vietnamese-American | Other Language(s): Vietnamese
Having an impact in government: What has become a big highlight of my time interning for Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, House Chairwoman of the Committee on Community Development and Small Business, was when she invited me to go with her to a Vietnamese community meeting at the Dorchester House. It was particularly meaningful for me because I'm from Fields Corner, and Fields Corner's large Vietnamese population still struggles to be heard. I believe this was the first time the Committee on Community Development and Small Business connected with Vietnamese community organizations. For me, Rep. Forry's invitation to the meeting was also meaningful because I knew that she recognized my presence as a Vietnamese American in her office and, more importantly, that she wanted to reach out to the Vietnamese community. On the way to the meeting, I was even able to teach Representative Forry how to greet folks in Vietnamese! It was an incredible experience to see Representative Forry and the Vietnamese community organizations working together. From that experience onwards, I felt that my presence in the State House made a small difference.
What I'm doing now: I still work for Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, now as a Research Analyst for the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses!
Placement: State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester),
Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses