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Hello! My name is John Le, and I am a first-year at Colorado College. This year, I will be a program assistant, working with Noble Gough for the LGBTQIA+ Initiative. A social issue I have been concerned with starts in my community back home in Garden Grove, California. The extreme political and knowledge gap between second-and first-generation Vietnamese families is increasingly getting tensioned by the ongoing political world and movements. Particularly, the Vietnamese community has an issue with “fake news” outlets and the spread of misinformation about our current president and movements such as Black Lives Matter. The misinterpretation of such has led to radical Vietnamese ideologies that strain relationships between first-and second- generation Vietnamese people. The younger Vietnamese generation have created websites to translate news sources and attempted to block extreme radical Vietnamese newscasters that influence our parents, but the issue still persists due to the political issues between Vietnamese and Chinese borders, and also the impact of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Many first-generation Vietnamese immigrants and children are angered and upset by the gap of knowledge and also language barriers that prevent them from educating them. The overall message of the misinterpretation and spread of false news can impact generations down the road, straining important political relationships between children and their parents in the Vietnamese community. 
Manahu! Mi Nanye Tadzawano! (“Hi! My name is Summer!” in the Paiute language). I’m a first year at Colorado College working with Ms. Pearl Leonard-Rock and Noble Gough on the First-Generation Collegiate Program. Coming from an Indigenous community, a prevalent social justice issue that I believe deserves more attention is the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirits. Two-spirit refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity. Four in five Indigenous womxn have been affected by violence in their lifetimes, facing murder rates 10 times the average of the nation. Indigenous womxn, girls, and two-spirits are kidnapped, raped, and murdered predominantly by non-Indigenous men coming onto tribal lands. Tribal, federal, and state jurisdictions make it hard to get justice when these crimes are committed on tribal lands. One of the main solutions to this crisis is the creation of legislation to support Indigenous people. Recently, “Savanna’s Act,” which would increase coordination between tribal and federal governments, and the “Not Invisible Act,” which would create a position in the Bureau of Indian Affairs to prevent violent crimes, have been introduced to legislatures. However, this legislation is only a start and not nearly a holistic solution. 
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