Meet our Board of Directors
Brooke Xiang, President
Brooke (they/them) is a first-generation Han Chinese settler in so-called Vancouver. Born in a small town just outside of Hangzhou, China, and raised in Toronto, they originally came to the west coast to study at UBC. What was supposed to be a three-year visit turned into more, and they continue to stay for the ocean, the mountains, and the whole-wheat veggie buns from Sun Fresh Bakery.
Kelsey Lee, Vice-President
Kelsey Lee (she/her) is a 4th generation racialized settler living and working on the occupied traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh. She has a background in secondary humanities education and non-profit educational programming. Kelsey is passionate about anti-oppressive education programs and pedagogies, with a focus on anti-oppressive literacies as active sites of resistance and connection. She is committed to learning more about equity and unlearning systems of oppression.
Phebe M. Ferrer, Writer/Editor
Phebe M. Ferrer (she/her) is a researcher and poet living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh first nations. As part of the CT board, Phebe wants to explore the stories of Chinatown’s changing communities, and honour both the joy and pain, recognize both the solidarities and tensions, that coexist in these stories.
Jenn Xu, Secretary
Jenn Xu (she/her) is a first-generation Chinese settler on unceded lands. She grew up visiting Chinatown with her parents picking up affordable fresh veggies at Sunrise Market and white sugar rice cake at Maxim’s Bakery. She is a portrait + documentary photographer and a digital marketing specialist. Joining the CT board, she hopes to honour and retell Chinatown stories through the lens of empathy and the visual language.
Russell Chiong (He/him), Treasurer
Russell Chiong (he/him) is a Cantonese diasporic settler residing on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-waututh territory. Chinatown has shaped not only his family history, but his cultural identity as well. Russell is currently studying environmental law, and has a background in environmental science and Asian-Canadian and Asian migration studies. He is excited to join the Chinatown Today board of directors as Treasurer.
Serene Mitchell (She/they), Project Manager
Serene is a second-generation Taiwanese creative and student based in what is colonially known as Vancouver and Tiohtià (Montreal). Born in Taiwan, moving around Asia growing up, she found comfort in Vancouver’s Chinatown when her family settled in Vancouver. Serene is now finishing her undergrad in Asian North American history at McGill. No matter where she is, the survival and well-being of Vancouver’s Chinatown will always be important to her.
Previous Board Members
Immense thanks to our previous board members for their hard work and dedication in leading Chinatown Today since its inception!
- Louis Lapprend, President and Founder
- Dominique Bautista
- Kimberley Wong
- Katrina Nguyen
- Amanda Wong
- Kaitlyn Fung
- Angela Ho
We love Chinatown and we hope you do, too.
Many thanks to our translators, both locally and in different time zones, who have so generously shared their time and linguistic talents with us to provide translations of all our website content!
- Yule Ken Lum
- Joe Chou
- Mark Lee
- Wayne Hsu
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If you would like to share a personal story, image, community event, or if you would like to join the team, please email us at email@example.com