James Huỳnh

James Huỳnh

Affiliation:

MA in Asian American Studies/MPH in Public Health (Community Health Sciences)

Email:

jhuynh93@ucla.edu

Education:

B.A. Human Biology with Concentration in Cross-Cultural Medicine, Stanford University

Research Interests:

Health equity, social determinants of health, mental health, Asian American communities, LGBTQ communities, gender and sexuality, Vietnamese diaspora, queer of color critique, feminist perspectives on family and kinship

I’m the gay son of Vietnamese refugees and am unashamedly proud of my family’s lineage from Huế. I grew up in desert-turned-suburbia Fontana, CA (aka the Inland Empire). My current research project investigates how intergenerational LGBTQ Vietnamese American community organizing impacts well-being and quality of life. Prior to attending graduate school, I was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Quảng Bình, Việt Nam. During my spare time, I’m also involved with various non-profits in the Bay Area and LA to create leadership and education pipelines for first-generation, low-income college students of color. I also love photography and watching Terrace House on Netflix!