About our interns, from left to right:
My name is Xinqing Huang. I am a rising senior at Central High School. I came to the U.S. when I was thirteen. As the president of the Chinese Culture and Literature Club and a Chinese tutor in my school, I am constantly involved in the process of translating between English and Chinese. My participation in Chinatown Vote Project also trained me to be an interpreter. Similar to many immigrants in this country, I encountered difficulties in the earlier years of my immigration. Later when I became more familiar with my life in the U.S., I joined non-profit organizations to help immigrants and to improve the Chinese community. Music is an essential part of my life; I like singing and I play the piano, cello and drum set. In my free time, I like to listen to the radio and watch variety shows. I also read books and write blogs at my leisure; it is a great way to meet like-minded friends. When I was in China, I was a broadcaster in the school radio station and a blackboard newspaper designer. This experience started my interest in communications and media.
My name is Can Peng and I am a graduate student at Philadelphia University, which will change its name to Thomas Jefferson. My majors are Taxation and IMBA. I started interning at PCDC this summer and help with bookkeeping. I help to translate newsletters for PCDC. Interning at PCDC has been a rewarding experience for me thus far. Aside from work, I like to travel around with friends and watch films.
My name is Yingmiao Rao. My family and I decided to move to the United States when I was eight. I was born in China; we spoke Cantonese at home. My interests and hobbies focus mainly around art and music. Since I like to explore and experience new things, I took different elective courses while I attended Northeast High School. I also joined girl’s badminton, the Association of Chinese Students, and Northeast Studios. In my free time, I enjoy baking, practicing my guitar, capturing my surroundings into photographs, as well as volunteering in my neighborhood. I began to volunteer at the age of fifteen, for Philadelphia Suns and Asian American United with street cleaning and Mid-Autumn festivals.
My name is Yibin Tan, I was born in China and moved to Philadelphia when I was 3. I am now a 17-year-old rising senior at Masterman High School. I run cross country and paddle for the Chinatown Dragon Boat Team. I enjoy eating, sleeping, and playing League of Legends. My favorite food is Korean Fried Chicken from Bonchon. My favorite music group is BIGBANG.
My name is Crystal Wong. I’m 18 years old and this June I graduated from Brandywine Academy. I’m not very good at writing bios but I’m pretty good at naming breeds of dogs. I have a three year old cat named Mr. Pickles. He’s currently fifteen pounds because he eats a lot and sleeps all day and refuses to exercise – a splitting image of me. I enjoy baking and watching “Kitchen Nightmares” because it’s good to know I’m not the only disaster out there.
Steve is a student at Penn studying Real Estate and Urban Studies. He has been working on the Eastern Tower Community Center Project over the course of the summer. He has learned much about the Project and is appreciative of the opportunity to work here. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and taking photography.
My name is Joey Zhao and I am a rising senior at Julia R. Masterman High School. I am a Chinese student born and raised in Philadelphia. In school, I participate in a number of extracurricular activities, including playing doubles on my school’s badminton team, volunteering as a math tutor for seventh graders, and playing the violin in my school’s orchestra. Outside of school, I work at I-CE-NY-PHILLY, the original Thai rolled ice cream store located in Chinatown Square. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, tasting new foods and exploring new grounds. When I am not out and about, I like to sleep in, eat, and watch k-dramas all day long.
My name is Siqi Zheng and I am a rising senior at Central High School. In school, I play violin in the orchestra and hold leadership roles in a number of clubs and activities. I am the Secretary of the National Honors Society and the Vice President of the Philadelphia Diversity Conference. In my free time, I like to volunteer, whether it is in my school or in my community. I am part of the Mid-Autumn Festival Committee with Asian Americans United and am an intern at the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. One of my major interests when volunteering is event planning.
My name is Xiaotong Zhu. I was born and raised in Guangdong, China. Two years ago, I moved to America with my parents. I am now a senior at Northeast High School. I am involved in multiple school clubs and activities, which bring me the contentment of teamwork and connecting with people. To balance study and practical life, I also worked as an intern to help Chinese speakers enroll for health insurance and interpreted between the customers and the insurance providers at Epro Associates Inc. last summer. My hobby is playing instruments. I have been playing the piano for ten years. Practicing cello is my current focus in music. Besides watching Youtube videos and getting on social media, I spend my leisure time volunteering with the Asian American United and the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation in the Chinatown community and tutoring children in Chinese in the Northeast neighborhood.