Returning for its fifth consecutive year, InspirASIAN is SCAPE’s way of connecting USC students with the outside Asian Pacific American community by bringing in APA leaders to share about their experiences as an APA and how they have shaped their careers.

InspirASIAN panelists and performers include Paul Tran, Jason Chu, Francis Cullaldo, Sal Tran, and Chris Lam.

The event will start at 7:00PM in room TCC 227.

We hope to see you there tonight!


Sal Tran

Sal Tran is a second generation queer Vietnamese-American artist based jin the Bay Area. Their work is rooted within mental health social advocacy work within queer communities of color. They strive to promote the power and of art and storytelling through mediums of films.

Chris Lam
Chris is a water bender and sailor scout, first and foremost. And he’s a content producer at BuzzFeed Video, and YouTuber for his personal channel, OneWingedChris, and is passionate about making content about
race, gender, and LGBT issues. His videos have been featured by Good Morning America, Huffington Post,, Angry Asian Man, and he was interviewed by Indian Country Today (major Native American news source) for his work to bring Native American’s into the race conversation.

Francis Cullado
Francis Cullado currently serves as Director of Operations at Visual Communications and the Los Angeles Asian pacific Film Festival. He is actively involved in the APA community in Los Angeles and works on project management and planning.

He received his MA from California State university-Long Beach in Asian Studies, History, Sociology, Migration, Labor and Culture, and his BA in Asian American Studies from California State University-Long Beach.

Jason Chu
Based in LA, hip-hop artist jason chu is on a mission to speak hope and healing in a broken world.

He tells stories about friends and families wrestling with fear and joy, greed and hope, hurt and healing. Jason has been covered by the Huffington Post, the LA Times, the China Daily, AngryAsianMan, INHERITANCE Magazine, and other outlets.

He has performed at venues like Tuesday Night Cafe (LA), Section 6 (Beijing), and the 626 Night Market; college events (UMass-Amherst, NYU, UW-Madison, etc.); and conferences like Listening to the Silence (Stanford), Urbana 2012, and more.

Paul Tran
Paul Tran is a Vietnamese American historian and spoken word poet.
He is currently the 10th ranked slam poet and top queer Asian American poet in the world. He won “Best Poet” and “Pushing the Art Forward” at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and represented the Nuyorican Poets Cafe at the 2015 National Poetry Slam, which placed 9th overall.

He has received numerous awards and fellowships, spanning from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop to the Leadership Alliance and Office of the Senior Vice Provost at Harvard University.

Paul is working on his first book. The manuscript examines intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. empire after 1975.


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