DAY Prism's scholarships were divided into three distinct categories to uplift Queer Asians in underrepresented fields. Each recipient was awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship
Celine Qin (she/they)
Celine Qin (@dreamych3line) is a writer, community organizer, and government-appointed representative for youth issues & public policy based in Sacramento, California. As a Chinese-American daughter navigating today’s systems, Celine explores the meaning of feminism, girlhood, & inter-generational healing through her powerful poetry. Visit celineqin.com for more info!
Celine is the Founder & Lead Director of The Reclamation Project @ 916 (@trp_916), a grassroots social justice organization delivering community care, liberating anti-oppression education, and solidarity to marginalized and working-class people & youth in the Sacramento area. She has had the honor of building a network of high school and college student activists, organizers, regional-wide social justice alliances, and volunteers across various cities. Working with both grassroots movements and local public policy, the redistribution of resources, transformative justice, and healing for young people of under-served areas acts as the forefront of Celine’s work.
Chi Lu (she/they)
Chi is a 17-year old Vietnamese immigrant whose home base is in Los Gatos, California. She enjoys listening to shoegaze music and reading works by Ocean Vuong and Richard Siken. In the future, she hopes to major in sociology and political science, as well as picking up crocheting as a hobby.
Kai Huang (they/them, he/him, ze/zir)
Kai is a first-year medical student at UCSF School of Medicine where they serve as Advocacy Chair for the LGBTQ medical student organization, PrideMed, as well as a student member of the Anti-Oppressive Curriculum Initiative. After completing their medical training, Kai will serve their trans community as an openly queer, trans, and nonbinary Chinese American physician. In zir free time, ze loves photography, rock climbing, cooking, reading, and hanging out with zir friends.
In addition to his advocacy through PrideMed and the AOCI, Kai also coordinates the Transgender Health Elective at UCSF. They assist with research on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) terminology in Mandarin and how to talk about SOGI in healthcare settings. This summer, ze will expand upon this research to examine healthcare experiences of trans and nonbinary Chinese people and create recommendations for healthcare providers.