Russell Chiong (BS, Environmental Science)

Russell Chiong is a fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian graduating with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Environmental Science specializing in Conservation and Ecology, and minoring in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies. Born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on the unceded, occupied, and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish People, Russell has a distinct appreciation for the outdoors, and a love for biking, hiking, and camping. Russell was inspired to join the ACAM program by his work and volunteering in Vancouver’s Chinatown, furthered by his participation¬† in the HIST 482 Go Global Seminar with Dr. Henry Yu in 2017. Minoring in ACAM has allowed him to explore his own cultural identity, meld his passions for social and ecological justice, and create lasting friendships with fellow children of the diaspora. Russell plans to attend law school in the fall, and is particularly interested in the relationships between sustainability movements and diasporic/migrant communities. He hopes to apply the knowledge and experiences from both his major and minor programs towards promoting a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future.