Bo James Hwang

Hometown, Los Angeles, CA
As a low-income and first-generation college student who grew up in a predominantly Latinx immigrant community, it was difficult for me to relate to other Korean Americans. I felt like issues pertaining to Asian Americans, let alone Korean Americans, were minor compared to other ethnic minorities. I felt unseen and unheard. However, NCLC allowed me to better understand our multifaceted identities and experiences. Through NCLC, I met amazing professionals and student leaders. It was refreshing to unpack my Korean American identity with other college students who also struggled to better understand themselves in this world. I am so grateful for this amazing experience. I was transformed by the dialogues that I had with other students, counselors, and speakers. I will like to personally thank Korean American Coalition, staff, volunteers, and donors for making NCLC possible for me.