I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines. At the age of 12, I immigrated to the United States with my family and lived in Oregon and Northern California. My college aspirations brought me to San Diego, where as an undergraduate student I studied Biology and Ethnic Studies. I was actively involved in student organizations such as APSA, tutored middle and high school students, and interned with the Cross Cultural Center. Here, I began to develop my interests in teaching and research, especially as these relate to culture, diversity, and social justice. After graduating from UCSD, I returned to the Bay Area to pursue a doctoral degree in the Dept. of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Inspired by family, friends, and mentors, I am currently researching and writing my dissertation on transnational Filipino media and the Filipino diaspora. I am interested in how media produced in and outside the Philippines shapes the identities of Filipinos abroad, at a time when economies and cultures have become increasingly globalized. As the TA Coordinator for the CAT program, I am primarily responsible for coordinating the recruitment, training, and classroom support for Teaching Assistants and provide general support for the CAT Academic Program. I continue to be sustained by good people, good works, and good food.
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