Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2011: Tina Huang
Tina Huang has a life calling to people-to-people diplomacy as 华侨 “Hua Qiao” (literally translated as the Chinese Bridge) representing the 1.5 generation of Chinese Americans in the U.S. Born in China, immigrated to the U.S. at 6 years of age, Tina grew up in Chinatown, NYC with the dream that one day people of every ethnicity, faith, and socio-economic background will serve as political and cultural bridges between American and foreign communities. She held tightly to the belief that she would be a part of a movement to act boldly and to be the change that we envision for our cities, country, and world.
Today, Tina is a staff assistant in the Bureau of International Information Programs at the U.S. Department of State where she liaises with embassies and consulates around the world and other bureaus to create and deliver communications programs and products that inform and engage international audiences. She is a communications strategist and policy analyst by training with specializations in youth, women, media analysis, and social sector programs in China, Japan, and Mexico.
Before the State Department, she worked at the InterMedia Survey Institute in new business development and the Inter-American Development Bank in the Social Protection Unit. Tina has been profiled in American Democracy Now (McGraw Hill, 2008) and a featured guest speaker on XPRESATE radio Guadalajara, Mexico. She received her MA in international relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She has a BA in government and East Asian studies at Wesleyan University. She also speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish.