Katie Quan

Founder & Artist

tie Quan (she/her) is a third-generation Chinese American born and raised on Ramaytush Ohlone land (San Francisco). She is an artist, community advocate, storyteller, and educator. Coming from a long line of educators and artists, her work explores the complexities of Asian America, addressing themes like self-identity, mental health, and family.

Her work has been exhibited at SF Zinefest, Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, A PLACE of Her Own, and Chinese Historical Society of America. In 2023, she was a recipient of the Youth Speaks and California Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship as an Emerging Artist.

As the Executive Director and founder of REALSOUL, a curriculum-based arts organization, Katie strives to make intersectional histories accessible to K-12 through interdisciplinary lessons. She is an active member of the Asian American Women Artists Association, Square and Circle Club, and The Association of Chinese Teachers. In her free time, you can find her drawing, bouldering, or swatting gnats away from her indoor plants. 

Photo Credit: Zabrina Deng

Our advisors

Francis Wong

Francis Wong has a 45+ year history in student and community activism, beginning in the Asian American Movement of the 1970s and 80s. He is known for his contributions to community-based arts that share the stories and perspectives of Asian Americans. Francis Wong was honored as the Distinguished Graduate Student in Asian American Studies at the Graduate Student recognition ceremony in 2016. Francis was honored for his academic excellence and for his artistic and community practice in the Asian American community. As an award-winning saxophonist, composer, and music director, while in graduate school he directed and recorded musical scores for Lenora Lee’s immersive dance theater works “The Detached” and “Rescued: NY Stories” (2014) which dealt with the issue of human trafficking and “Fire of Freedom” (2015) which dealt with issues of war, trauma, and women’s experience. He also released a CD of new work entitled “Needs Are Met” in collaboration with legendary saxophonist Ari Brown and veteran bassist Tatsu Aoki in Chicago.

Allyson Tingtiangco-Cubales

Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales is an award-winning distinguished professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Since 2000, she’s taught in the Asian American Studies courses focusing on Filipina/x/o (American) Studies, women studies, and courses focused on the praxis of Ethnic Studies pedagogy. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Educational Leadership. She has mentored hundreds of critical master’s and doctoral students, who are now teaching and working in schools, colleges, and community organizations nationwide. Before her position at SFSU, she did her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Education. In 2001, she founded Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), a “barangay” that provides Ethnic Studies courses and curriculum, develops radical educators, and creates resources for Filipina/x/o communities and similarly marginalized people. Over the past two decades, she has worked with school districts, counties, and states to co-develop community rooted Ethnic Studies, Social Justice, and Filipino Language curricula. She has developed models of teacher development that are being used throughout California and beyond. She is also the co-founder and director of Community Responsive Education (CRE), a national firm that supports the development of responsive, equitable, and justice-driven educators. She is the author of four books of curriculum, and many articles focused on the applications of critical pedagogy, Ethnic Studies curriculum, Motherscholarship, and Pinayism.

Youth In Power Alumni Council (Y-PAC)​




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