2003 Award Winners

James Astorga

Jesuit High School, Carmichael

James is the winner of the Susan Chan-Lim Memorial Scholarship based on his leadership and dedication to community service and activism. James is a Youth Commissioner for Sacramento County’s Youth Advisory Board, has interned for Senator Deborah Ortiz, and was a Delegate to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Los Angeles. His work as Student Coordinator for Amnesty International led to his spending the summer in the Dominican Republic building homes and a medical center. James is also Editor and Social Justice Correspondent for his school’s newspaper. James plans to attend Georgetown to major in Political Science and Government with a future as an attorney.

Tina Lin

James Logan High School, Union City

Tina is the winner of the Linda Chiu-Wei Wu Memorial Scholarship for exemplifying perseverance and dedication in achieving her goals. Tina immigrated to the U.S. when she was 10 years old and quickly became involved in school and community activities. In high school, Tina was secretary of Toastmasters International and received a Blue Ribbon as Top Speaker. She was selected for the All-State Honor Band for her skill in playing the french horn and has also been first chair for her school’s Wind Symphony. The Union City Youth Committee also named Tina as Teen Volunteer of the Year for her volunteer work at the Masonic Home. Tina plans to attend Stanford University with a major in Mathematics.

Babu Singh

Adrian Wilcox High School, Santa Clara

Babu is the founder of “Life to Slums,” an organization associated with the M. Gandhi Foundation to raise funds to reconstruct slum areas in East China, Northern India, Tibet and Burma. He also started the “Language Exchange” at San Jose State University to provide English and Spanish literacy tutoring for immigrants. Babu has participated as Vice Chairman on the Santa Clara Youth Commission and has volunteered for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara. At school, Babu has been Vice-President of the Student Leadership Council, President of the Soroptimist Service Club and has been co-captain of the Soccer, Track and Cross Country Teams. Babu plans to attend UC Berkeley and major in Biological Sciences/Anthropology.

Lauren Yee

Lowell High School, San Francisco

Lauren founded the Youth for Asian Theater and is its Director and Playwright. The plays she has written and performed by teens have been staged in theaters throughout California and other parts of the country. Her plays have dealt with Asian stereotypes, media perception of Asians and other Asian issues. Lauren has also received honors from the National Forensic League for her public speaking. In addition, she received awards from the Northern California Press Women Awards for outstanding reporting. She is the Editor-in-Chief for her school newspaper which was one of only five large-entry schools to receive a National Scholastic Press Association’s Award. Lauren plans to Yale University, majoring in English/Theater.

Michael Yee

Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo

Michael is the founder of the Asian American Health Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping underserved and disadvantaged Asian Americans. Since 2001, Michael has led his organization to distribute culturally appropriate food to low-income residents in San Francisco’s Chinatown, donated equipment and books to Shriners Hospital for Children in Hawaii and organized an educational symposium on mental health with participants from UCSF, San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford. He has also developed a screening tool to identify teens with learning difficulties; the screening tool has been translated into several languages. Michael plans to attend UC Berkeley and major in economics.