I am a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia, holding a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. I was born in Manila, Philippines, but call Vancouver home. As the former president of the UBC International Relations Students Association (IRSA) and a delegate on the UBC Student Leader delegation to Taiwan (R.O.C.), I have connected the political, economic, social, and cultural significance of the rise of Asia and its impact on me as a Canadian with Asian heritage.