Treasurer, Zurich Chapter
I was born in Vietnam and came to the US at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I also met my Swiss husband. We moved to Zurich in 1994 after we got married. I studied both molecular biology and economics and have been working in the financial industry for the past 21 years.
Although I was always interested in politics since my college days at UC Berkeley, I rarely got involved actively. I joined DACH Zürich since the 2018 midterm elections, but I would say that I wasn't truly active until the 2020 presidential cycle. The Trump presidency had really shaken me to the core. I couldn’t believe that someone that obviously incompetent and vile in character could have been elected to be president of the country to which I feel the greatest allegiance. Furthermore, I’ve become increasingly alarmed by the growing willingness of the Republican Party, including the justices on the US Supreme Court, to sacrifice more and more democratic principles to attain greater power and to push forward their conservative agenda. I truly fear for our democracy, especially if HR1 is not passed to counter all voter suppression measures being passed at the state level. If both chambers of Congress were to fall back into Republican control, I'm afraid that the foundation of our democracy could be irreparably harmed. It is key that we do everything possible to prevent that from happening. What the past four years have taught me is that democracy can’t be taken for granted. It must constantly be supported by the active participation of its citizens. Now that my two daughters are independent teenagers, I have more time to do more to contribute beyond just giving money to different causes.
There are so many things that need fixing in the US. I’m heartened by the awareness of these issues by the Biden administration and their quick moves to address/redress the problems. The issues that I would like to focus on revolve around the problem of social inequality in the US. These encompass reforming the criminal justice system, democratizing the education system, improving access to healthcare, eradicating homelessness, and rebuilding basic infrastructure. I am thrilled to be part of a talented and passionate community of activists. I hope to learn a lot from you all and to help anyway I can to ensure that President Biden could maintain his progressive agenda and preserve our democracy.
You can email me at [email protected].