Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2011: Francesca "Chesa" Lichauco
As a first tour public diplomacy officer I was assigned to Hong Kong, but my grandmother in Manila still thinks my Chinese & Filipino ancestors simply called me back to Asia generations later. Once upon a time, my Filipino grandfather was representing his country in Washington, D.C., lobbying for Philippine independence in the 1930’s. Fast-forward decades later and here is his granddaughter representing the U.S. back in Asia!
Before my work with State Department I spent two years as an Oberlin Shansi Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in Kunming, China and then facilitated more U.S.-Asian educational exchanges through my work at the small nonprofit organization Oberlin Shansi in Ohio. I believe in the power of people-to-people exchanges and greatly enjoy furthering those exchanges through programs like the IVLP and Fulbright to name a few. Additionally, I head up our Information Resource Center in Hong Kong, with particular focus on social media development. I think it’s so important to be able to tell the U.S. story in a way that everyone can access, which is what social media allows us to do with full community participation. I’m also excited to be part of U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong’s dynamic “Green Team,” which has been leading all of our colleagues towards new ways of reducing our carbon footprint.
The world is my office and my heritage is mixed, but I always know where my home is – the U.S. and I’m proud to represent it daily.