Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2011: Quinn Nii
Quinn was born in Asia and grew up in Hawaii, where his Asian heritage combined with his Hawaiian experience. He enjoys reaching out to the Asian-Pacific community. Quinn holds several degrees, including a master's, and is doing postgraduate studies at George Washington University. During his graduate fellowship at the East-West Center, he decided that his life's work should be a "bridge" between the East and West, using education, and travel to encourage others to explore the world around them. Quinn currently works in the Department of State’s Bureau of Administration. He sees himself as representing the new generation of Asian-Pacific Americans involved in public service.
While living in Hawaii, Quinn served in the US Navy Reserve at Pearl Harbor. In Quinn's spare time he volunteered as a coach with Peace Players International, to promote friendship and peace between Arab and Jewish children by teaching them basketball fundamentals. He also participates in martial arts tournaments and enjoys a pickup game of basketball. He is a member of the Asia Society, the Federal Asian-Pacific American Committee, and Rotary International. Quinn has visited China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and French Polynesia, in addition to his time in Hawaii. These travels taught him valuable lessons, which have lead him to participate in various aspects of Asian-Pacific communities, including here in Washington.
Quinn believes that Asian countries will unite with other world neighbors to foster goodwill, peace, and prosperity in the years to come.