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"Ethnic" Los Angeles

Comparative Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality

Anne Cong-Huyen, Thania Lucero, Joyce Park, Constance Cheeks, Charlie Kim, Sophia Cole, Julio Damian Rodriguez, Andrea Mora, Jazz Kiang, Samantha Tran, Katie Nak, Authors

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About Andrea

Pleasure to make your acquaintance.

My name is Andrea Mora. Currently I am a third year undergraduate student at UCLA with a major in Political Science and a minor in Asian Humanities. My interests include community service, politics, Japanese culture and traveling. I hope to travel to Japan one day and remain there for a year or so and work in politics.

Growing up as first generation in the United States gave me a completely different perspective on life and has taught me to appreciate all the little things in life. I am a Mexican-American whose family comes from both Mexico and El Salvador. My father came to the United States when we was only 16 from a little town in Mexico called Canadas. My mother was about 20 years old when she came to the United States from Suchitoto, El Salvador with only a few dollars in her pocket and the will and determination to make a living in a foreign place. My parents are my heroes and have taught me everything I know about the world.

My interest in community service comes from my hometown of Lynwood, CA. In high school, I became president of a group called Leo Club which is based on community service. Coming from a low-income community, there were not many opportunities for local students to branch out. Leo Club was a way for me to do something productive for my community as well as branch out from the stereotypes from the people of Lynwood. I became recognized by my city for my achievements in community service and was awarded by the major herself. This was definitely one of the best days of my young life.

I have always been interested in politics ever since Clinton was in office. The process of politicking and how it works has always had my interest. Although I wanted to be a lawyer at first, I realized my passion lay in politics.
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