Q&A with Ryan Boun, Administrative Intern at AACI

Ryan has been an intern at AACI since 2015. He attended UC Santa Cruz for two years and will be joining the Southeast Asian studies department of UC Berkeley in January 2017.

How did you first hear about AACI?

I remember first coming to AACI as a little kid. My parents are refugees from Cambodia and Siath, a former AACI employee, was very well known in the Cambodian community. I attended an event at AACI with one of my grandma’s friends in celebration of Pchum Ben, a Cambodian festival held for commemoration of the spirits of the dead. I didn’t know that it was AACI yet, but I have since understood how important AACI was for Cambodian-American refugees.

Why did you decide to become an intern at AACI?

I know Pancho, AACI’s COO, outside of AACI, and he encouraged me to apply. I continue to intern here because I enjoy helping develop better programs for Asian Americans.

What are your duties here?

Last summer, I helped the AACI Health Center doctors by providing English/Cambodian translation to their patients as well as building a database of services that might be useful to AACI clients in Santa Clara County with my fellow intern. This year, I’m working on modeling AACI’s client demographics so that we can better our outreach and expansion.

When you aren’t at AACI, what do you do for fun?

I enjoy going camping, to the beach, on roundtrips, and learning new things.

Any plans for the future?

I am going to be exploring Europe for a month at the end of the year! I will be meeting friends studying abroad in Europe and will be travelling to Paris, Florence, Vienna, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
After I graduate, I would like to join the Peace Corps.


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