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Asian in Rochester


Pilapa Esara Carroll

Pilapa Esara Carroll is a Thai American cultural anthropologist who teaches about issues of migration and gender. She is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at SUNY Brockport and is also Program Director for the Community Justice major. Her doctorate was awarded from Brown University, where she also received Masters degrees in Anthropology and American Studies. Her current research project examines the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic upon local refugee communities.  

Photo Credit: Shawn Porter

Natasha Chen Christensen

Natasha Chen Christensen is a Taiwanese American Associate Professor of Sociology at Monroe Community College. She earned a B.A. at Baylor University in 1993 and a PhD at University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. Her specialties include intersectionality, critical race theory, gender, social stratification, and sexuality. She is co-administrator of the “Hey Rochester, NY! What do you need? What do you got?” mutual aid group and co-facilitator of the 540WMain Introduction to Intersectional Feminism workshops. 

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Christina Heyon Lee immigrated to Rochester with her parents and sister from Seoul, South Korea as a child.  She identifies as a 1.5 generation Korean American or Asian American.  She is the Coordinator for Global Education at Monroe Community College and a steering committee member of the Levine Center to End Hate.  


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