Meet Brenda Yang
What would your walk out song be?
Why did you join HIP?
Growing up, I did not have a lot of Hmong peers, so the Association of Hmong Students (AHS) at UCLA was the first Hmong community I truly felt connected to. Through AHS, I learned so much about my identity and issues that affected the Hmong community. I recently graduated from UCLA and moved back home to Sacramento. As great as it is to be back home, I felt like something was missing. I realized the missing piece was my connection to the community. HIP gives me the space for me to connect to my community and also the opportunity to give back to my community in the ways that I needed when I was growing up in the Sacramento area.
How has being a part of HIP impacted your life?
Being a part of HIP has given me a renewed sense of passion. I always loved interacting with the Hmong community and doing work that would help improve the conditions for my community. It's nice to be back in a space that practices consciousness with compassion for the community.
Why should someone join HIP?
You get to learn from some of the realest go-getters who are #downforcommunity. You get to work alongside others who are fighting for equity and building a community where we can all thrive in. The work you do as an Organizer directly impacts and addresses relevant issues affecting our community's well-being.
What is your favorite moment from your time in HIP?
Attending the HIP Retreat-- New Love, Young Love and Dutch Bros
Where do you think the Hmong community will be in 5 years? in 20?
In 5 years, I feel there will be more Hmong representation in decision-making spaces.
In 20 years, I hope the Hmong community is comfortable embracing their political voice and is willing engage in dialogue and action that fights for equity for our communities.
When I'm not hustling for HIP, you can find me...
Babysitting my kids (nieces and nephews), under a bridge--being a troll, and daydreaming/planning travel and adventures.