Brilliant Boba: Amplifying Asian Voices

In partnership with Yale China



How can the arts help heal? This discussion, led by Brilliant Boba, a team composed of storytellers, artists, and educators in New Haven, will provide attendees with creative resources that build intercultural empathy and social emotional skills. Particularly now, when hate crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans have hit their highest levels in years in the wake of COVID-19, these skills are vital as we move forward. A national and international dialogue has unfolded around issues of racism, representation, and identity within the Asian community, but misunderstandings and questions abound, especially for young people who are navigating a world where no clear-cut answers exist. It is a particularly good event for young people and those who mentor and teach them. 

This event will be ASL interpreted. Captions will be available on Facebook Live.

Emily Chew

Emily Chew joined Yale-China in August 2017 as a program officer supporting the education and arts programs. Before joining Yale-China, Emily completed a year of service in New York City, through AmeriCorps, mentoring and tutoring middle school students. Previously, Emily participated in the Chinese Flagship Language Program and completed the Capstone year in China, including an internship at an LGBT non-profit in Beijing. Emily graduated from the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi with a degree in International Studies and a focus on social and cultural identity.

Christina Cho

Christina Cho, PhD, is a postdoctoral research associate in the department of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine. She is a cancer biologist by training and is currently studying the ways in which cancer cells hide from the immune system. She is also wife to a kind and ultrasmart Polish-American dermatology resident, and mom to the sweetest, silliest, and sassiest 1 year old. She loves musicals, all things related to food, and hopes one day to have Francis Collins’ job at the NIH.


Zulynette is a queer, Puerto Rican, womanist, artist, social worker (MSW), performer, and author. As the creator of the annual storytelling show A Little Bit of Death, she uses her artistry, research background, and social work background as tools for community transformation. Her work explores the themes of identities, our emotional resonance as humans, and death as a metaphor for change. Recognized as the first Hartford Iron Poet champion and a 100 Women of Color honoree, she has chosen to dedicate her life to using the arts as her form of social work. Her website is

Marco Cenabre

Marco Cenabre was born, raised, and currently teaches high school literature in New Haven. As a conscious/ anti-racist educator, he strives to re-imagine, shift and transform his pedagogy in hopes to help build a more empathetic and engaged school community. He is heavily involved in educational equity work in many capacities. Marco is a 2020 fellow of the Abolitionist Teachers Network, an active member of the Anti-Racist Teachers and Learning Collective, and also, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center of Connecticut,(SERC), and New Haven Public Schools, he is one of four organizers of an upcoming conference on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. 

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