A "village" of volunteers deserve recognition. Most importantly, I am proud of those who have allowed their stories to be told to empower others. An IT professional, Henry Jiang, whose sister-in-law is living with breast cancer, is Plum Blossoms's designer. Elaine Song, a professional editor for a weekly law publication, helps edit the stories.
Many thanks to Jack Tchen, Director and Laura Chen-Schultz, Deputy Director of New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute, as well as Regina Lee, my long-time mentor, and Pearl Chin, my dear friend, for their constant advice, support, and encouragement.
I express my gratitude to the leaders of health and/or community-based organizations who have embraced Plum Blossoms, through referrals, advice, and willingness to help promote the blog: Dr. Simone Kwon, Director, NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health; Regina Lee, Chief Development Officer, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center; Roxanna Bautista, Sr. Director of Engagement Strategies, and Marietta Factora, Community Engagement Associate, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum; Linda Lee, Director, and Tracey Denholm, Program Coordinator, Korean American Social Services of Metropolitan New York; Sudha Acharya, Executive Director, South Asian Council for Social Services; Lucy Young, Health Cancer Association; Bonnie Wong, Director, Asian American Women in Business; and Mary Solomon, Director, Van Scan (Project Renewal).
My students Annie Wang, who conceived the original design of Plum Blossoms and Mansee Kong, now a professional videographer, contributed immensely, far beyond their compensation. Endless gratitude and love to my family members and friends (too many to mention them all, but you know who you are) who have been with me throughout this incredible and evolving journey.