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Q&A: Julia Chew

Q&A: Julia Chew

Sparks Magazine: What led you to become a fashion designer? Julia Chew: I’ve always enjoyed sewing. I’ve always made my own clothes. It’s always been something that’s been really fun for me to do. Eight years ago, I turned it from being just a hobby to making it a business.

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Q&A: Justin Park

Q&A: Justin Park

Justin Park jumped onstage at the University of Central Florida’s APAC Assembly to perform a couple of covers, his new single, “Dates in L.A.,” and his unreleased original music. The R&B singer from Los Angeles sat down with Sparks to talk about his burgeoning career, representation in the media and

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Q&A: KRNFX (Terry Im)

Q&A: KRNFX (Terry Im)

Terry Im, otherwise known as KRNFX, is a world-renowned beatboxing champion. He is well-known for becoming a finalist on “Canada’s Got Talent,” performing on “Ellen,” and collaborating with other musicians on YouTube, as he does in his Beatbaks project. He has also won first place at the Canadian Beatbox Championships

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Q&A: Fong Tran

Q&A: Fong Tran

Fong Tran first captured the Asian Pacific American Coalition’s attention with his viral poem, “White Hipsters.” His piece called out and made light of cultural appropriation among the younger generation. At the University of Central Florida’s APAC Assembly on Aug. 27, Tran performed several pieces, including “I Hate Being Vietnamese,” “Vietnamese

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Q&A: David Choi

Q&A: David Choi

David Choi is a Korean-American musician who launched his career on YouTube. He landed on YouTube’s homepage in 2006 with “Youtube, A Love Song.” He performed at UF’s Asian Kaleidoscope Month opening ceremony. Sparks: What made you decide to pursue music? How did you develop your specific sound? David Choi:

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YouTuber Will Jay performs at AKM Closing Ceremony

YouTuber Will Jay performs at AKM Closing Ceremony

AKM celebrates its 25th anniversary with musical performances and a vision for the future.

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APIAs react to Richard Spencer

APIAs react to Richard Spencer

On Oct. 19, 2017, Richard Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, came to the University of Florida to speak on behalf of the National Policy Institute.   His arrival sparked a range of emotions from Asian Pacific Islander Americans on campus. Some students were outraged by UF’s decision to

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ISA dances the night away: Garba 2017

ISA dances the night away: Garba 2017

600 people attended UF’s Indian Student Association’s celebration of Garba. “We celebrate Garba because it is huge in India, and it celebrates the 9 nights of Navaratri, and it also prepares us for Diwali in late October,” said programming director Krishna Bhakta. The celebration was held on Oct. 13 in

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Kal Penn discusses career combining politics and acting

Kal Penn discusses career combining politics and acting

Between 450 and 500 people came to hear actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn speak at the Phillips Center on Oct. 11, 2017. Penn was interviewed at the ACCENT-sponsored event by Malcolm Gets, a professor of practice in the School of Theatre and Dance at UF. Penn spoke

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Q&A: Kevin Wu

Q&A: Kevin Wu

Kevin Wu, better known as KevJumba, captivated an audience of young Asian Americans in the mid to late 2000s as one of the first major Asian American YouTubers. He stepped back from YouTube after his film career did not take off as expected and he was in a major car

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