Who We Are

– Staff –


Eddy Zheng – Co-Director

Pronouns: he/him/his

Happy new breath all my relations. Asian Prisoner Support Committee has been an important part of my life for the past 14 years because it has taught me the power of love and transformation. I am the public face of APSC in dispelling the model minority myth, raising awareness of the impact migration to school to prison and deportation pipeline has on immigrant populations, building relationships through cross cultural engagements and securing resources to support its mission. My new found hobbies are learning Tai Chi and traveling around the world. I enjoy doing a headstand on special occasions.

Ben Wang – Co-Director

Pronouns: he/him/his

Ben has been a long-time APSC member, and directed the film “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story.” At APSC, Ben does most of the grant-writing/fundraising, project management, and communications for the organization!

Ke Lam – Reentry Coordinator

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am the Reentry Coordinator and assist brothers and sisters with navigating their reentry back into society. My hobbies are fishing, playing baseball, bike riding, fixing/building things, watching movies, playing video games, and outdoor activities. One fun fact, I can layout an area by walking around it a couple of times.

Harrison M. Seuga – Reentry Director

[This is  my warrior grandmother, I have her face and would like to honor the women she bore to be just as fierce and loving.]

Pronouns: he/him/his

I advocate for the currently incarcerated, as well as, being of service for those reentering the community. I enjoy thinking of new approaches of addressing the issues of mass incarceration, immigration and reentry that conceptualizes social justice issues as a living being where all its parts contribute to its over-all health. Fun Fact: I find enjoyment playing in the rain.

– Volunteers –


Tracy Nguyen – Consultant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

In 2015, I conducted my first ROOTS workshop inside San Quentin, and since then, I’ve come back to discuss LGBTQ issues, Vietnam history, and intergenerational trauma. I also graphically record the ROOTS lectures on the dry erase board. My hobbies include filmmaking, playing sports, and cooking/eating A LOT. Fun fact: I was a marching band geek.

Kori Saika Chen – Core Committee

Pronouns: he/him/his

Kori has been a member of the APSC Core Committee since 2011. His work has focused around how to expand employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated. An Oakland-based business he helped found, Red Bay Coffee, was able to hire three members of APSC’s reentry program, Roots2Reentry. He likes to read, write, and run in his free time and is always down to eat, drink, and laugh with the APSC fam.

Kasi Chakravartula – ROOTS Facilitator

Pronouns: Any pronouns

I help facilitate the weekly Roots program at San Quentin State Prison and the Roots pilot at Solano State Prison. I like to play the taiko drums. Fun Fact: I have a twin sister that also lives and works in the bay. If you see me around town and I mean mug you, it’s probably cuz it’s her and not me!

Nate Tan – ROOTS Facilitator

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am sometimes the ROOTS driver, sometimes workshop leader, and sometimes volunteer manager. I like puppies, really spicy food, and karaoke!

Hien Nguyen – Volunteer

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi, I’m Hien and I am a volunteer with ROOTS. Every Monday, I get to engage in critical discussions about culture, identity, and history with the men of San Quentin. When I’m not at ROOTS, I’m usually taking unusually long naps or watching hella T.V. Other than that, I also love 90’s R&B, 80’s pop, and 60’s/70’s funk and soul music. And I will play the same song, on repeat, for a whole month if I love a song that much.

Roger Viet Chung

Pronouns: he/him/his

I volunteer for the ROOTS programs at San Quentin and Solano State Prisons. I also serve as a faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies and direct the Restoring Our Communities Reentry program, both at Laney College.

Lina Khoeur – Summer Intern

Pronouns: she/her/hers | they/their/theirs

I work with the ROOTS program and the fundraising committee, and am the current webmaster. As a 1st-generation Cambodian-American, I’m deeply committed to understanding the role of intergenerational trauma and emotional health as it is linked to issues of racial justice, identity, and incarceration. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, typography, and organizing brunch!

 

Jasmine Lee Ehrhardt – ROOTS Facilitator

Pronouns: she/her/hers | they/them/theirs

I’m a twentysomething Oaklander who really cares about ethnic studies and prisoner support, and I volunteer with APSC and the ROOTS program in San Quentin. I’ve also helped to organize the APSC newsletter that features writing from both APSC staff and ROOTS participants!

We’d also like to thank those who have supported us along the way, including Yuri Kochiyama, Anmol Chaddha, Monica Wayie Ly, Sharon Luk, Sun Hyung Lee, and Anoop Prasad. Thank you for supporting, sustaining, and building with APSC.