The Dallas Asian American Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in April 2022 to research, preserve, and amplify the legacy of Asian Americans in the Dallas, Texas area.
Stephanie Drenka is a Korean American adoptee writer/photographer. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University, with minors in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies.
Stephanie previously served as Communications Director for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation and is the Founding Editor of VISIBLE Magazine.
Stephanie’s photography and writing have been featured in Washington Post, HuffPost, Newsweek, and more. She was a 2019-2021 Public Voices Fellow and is now a facilitator/coach with The OpEd Project.
Denise Johnson was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to Texas at 17. She is a Jill of all trades— studied Secondary Education for Mathematics at UNT, spent several years in marketing, and enjoys being creative behind the camera.
She is currently a digital media designer for a performing arts marketing company, creating websites, commercials, ads, and handles social media for venues and tours.
Denise also serves on a DEI committee for a local non-profit organization, The Firehouse Theatre.
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Jin-Ya Huang is a social impact, community development, and creative innovator with a focus on the intersection of equity, design, and social justice work.
She is the founder of Break Bread, Break Borders (BBBB), a social enterprise empowering refugee women economically through the storytelling of food and culture.
Jin-Ya is an expert in sustainable global supply chain, and has over a decade of extensive background in marketing for the Fossil Group, JCPenney, and Neiman Marcus.
Christina Hahn is a third-generation (depending on how you define it!) Korean American artist & creative consultant. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from Rice University and her Master of Arts in Design & Innovation from Southern Methodist University where she helped Dallas-based clients in private, public, and educational sectors. Christina served as the Communications Director at a progressive political data non-profit. Prior to this, she worked as a management consultant specializing in tech solutions, innovation, and user-centered design. Christina is an interdisciplinary nerd who applies creativity w/ historical, social, and visual context to tell critically necessary stories & solve unconventional problems.
Emilie Hong was born and raised in Dallas and is currently studying History and Sociology at Dartmouth College with prospective minors in Asian-American Studies and African and African-American Studies.
Emilie has garnered strong experience in community organizing and civil rights advocacy working with attorneys, political candidates, and nonprofits across the metroplex.
On campus, she is involved with the Asian American Studies Collective, Dodecaphonics (a cappella), Sugarplum (dance), the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, and Sexual Assault Peer Alliance .
Olivia Doyle is a senior at SMU studying history, education, and anthropology. She is from Connecticut but has traveled for school, and briefly lived internationally where she discovered her passion for looking at different cultural traditions and relationships. In the past, she has gained experience with different nonprofit organizations, working to help get food to those who might not have access to it. She has also tutored children with different learning challenges, which made her love for children and desire to help educate flourish. She feels strongly that being able to share information about the past can help the future to become more a welcoming place for people of any and all backgrounds.
Katherine Tao was born in Houston, Texas. She is currently a student at Southern Methodist University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Asian Studies. Being Chinese American, she is passionate about learning and preserving the culture and history of Asian Americans. Through Dallas Asian American Historical Society, she hopes to work towards empowering the Asian American community. At SMU, she is involved in First Generation Association and KPOP Club. Her hobbies include dance and art.
Sarah Khoja is from Dallas, Texas and is an undergraduate student at Southern Methodist University. She a Human Rights and Data Science major minoring in Operations Research and Engineering Management (OREM) and Public Policy and International Affairs. Outside of academics, Sarah serves on the board of SMU’s South Asian Student Association (SASA) and works for the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center. Sarah is extremely passionate about various public policy issues, from the intersection of policy and technology to higher education policy-making. After SMU, Sarah hopes to work for a technological advocacy organization.
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