Kara Chu, ‘25

Kara Chu is a junior majoring in Applied Linguistics and minoring in Digital Humanities. She loves telling stories and learning languages, both human and computer!

Kara dedicates her time to preserving Asian American history and speaking up for social justice in solidarity with all underrepresented communities. Her poem about her multicultural identity was selected as the winner of a National Park Service poetry contest and shown on virtual programming with 100,000 viewers worldwide. She enjoys writing articles for the Rafu Shimpo, the largest Japanese American newspaper in the US. As a staff writer and copy editor for UCLA’s Pacific Ties newsmagazine, she also enjoys sharing the stories of the local APIDA community.

She is currently doing research about Japanese American farming history by collecting and displaying personal stories, photographs, and memorabilia from across the country. She also was a guest speaker in a UC Riverside course, where she realized her love for discovering and sharing connections between history and today’s world. Her advocacy for the #stopasianhate movement was featured in the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, Buzzfeed, and international news outlets.

It is super important to Kara to give back to her school and the broader community. At UCLA, she likes teaching others and organizing events in her leadership roles as Product Design Lead at Product Space, Membership Vice President at Alpha Phi Omega, and Project Lead at Data Resolutions.

She is extremely grateful to Mr. Craig Ehrlich, the Norma J. Ehrlich Scholarship, and the Alumni Association, and she’s so excited to be a part of this group of so many inspirational and impactful women!