Kelley Lou (she/her) is a proud Chinese American and Texan who currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her loving partner, Chris. She loves her job at National CAPACD where she is work within the intersection of racial justice and community development in low-income AAPI communities. She is also a social worker, a developer of people, and an INFP.
Given the long and complicated history of Asian Americans who have been continuously seen as “perpetual foreigners” in this country for far too long, we have felt a selective embrace by dominant culture in how we are deemed “neighbors”. Our “offerings”, particularly food, have been tenuously seen as acceptable currency for neighbor-ship.