Vancouver / unceded Coast Salish territory (Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh nations). i am a queer, genderfluid (they, them, theirs), first-generation vietnamese, working class, abled youth born, raised, and currently residing on the unceded and occupied territory of the Coast Salish people. most of my life has involved navigating the academic and nonprofit industrial complexes, and now, more recently, i invest energy in facilitating conversations and actions around anti-oppression, decolonization and community organizing.
as a member of the Vancouver Youth Food Policy Council, i am participating in this year’s Welfare Food Challenge as a representative and an individual who seeks to work in solidarity with those with current and lived experienced with the various forms of oppression that intersect with poverty. i was a participant a few years back and “failed” the challenge halfway through. i am curious about my experience this time around, while recognizing the privilege of being able to take a challenge such as this in the first place. i believe class is an underinvestigated identity, particularly when it comes to communities who experience their own forms of marginalization and oppression, and so hope to broaden my perspectives to bring with me along my journey.