A lifelong lover of cute school supplies doting Sanrio characters and the icon that is Sailor Moon, Donna Karimi was born and bred in the Woodside, Queens. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a former intern of the W.O.W Project, she recently taught English to high school students in Lishui, China. Since then, she has reconnected with W.O.W because she still believes in it’s mission statement, hoping to preserve the history and culture of Chinatown on an intimate level while having important discussions about the shifting landscape of the neighborhood. She hopes to continue to contribute in any way she can to make this possible.
Emily is a second-year student at Barnard College who recently moved to New York City/Lenape land from Vancouver, Canada/unceded Coast Salish territories where they reconnected with its Chinatown through intergenerational community building and grassroots political organizing. Emily is very excited to continue this work in Manhattan's Chinatown with the W.O.W. Project by connecting with the vibrant intergenerational community here and continuing the political conversation about changing Chinatowns. They are very grateful to be a part of the W.O.W team as they are constantly inspired by and learning from their teammates' dedication to justice and community through arts, culture, and activism.
Jade is a mixed, Chinese and Jewish American student in her last year at Barnard College, where she studies urban sociology and environmental science. She loves learning about neighborhood histories, and is writing a senior thesis on critical cartography and counter-mapping practices as forms of activism in New York City. In her free time, Jade likes to cook with her friends, make zines, sing in choirs, and ride her bike. Jade is working on W.O.W. Public Programs this year, and is thrilled to be building community and Asian American power through art with the rest of the W.O.W. team!
Cynthia Yashi Tong is a senior at New York University studying Public Policy. Born in Shenzhen, China and raised in Irvine, California, she hopes to connect with her two identities through deeper engagement in the Asian American community. Ever since moving to NYC, Manhattan's Chinatown has been a place of comfort and familiarity for her; Cynthia joined the W.O.W. project to learn how she can not only help preserve the culture and histories of such a meaningful place, but also introduce to more people the beauty of Chinatown. She can speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean—and can probably beat you in a pork bun eating contest.
Cathy is a current junior in Townsend Harris High School and joined WOW not only for their meaningful aspirations, but as a stepping stone to gain better communication skills. WOW provides her with an opportunity to help and preserve the community she grew up in and the rich culture ingrained in this small space. She hopes to grow as a person and to be one step closer to being able to answer the question "Who Am I?".