Young received two awards, the Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Award and the GPSA Outstanding Research Award, for her work in dance research and teaching.
I am honored for this recognition, Young says. My work as a dance advocate is not easy, and I am not the only one fighting for more inclusive methods that acknowledge cultural differences in dance in the academy. I grew up in San Franciscos Chinatown and Haight-Ashbury districts. These experiences have impacted the way I approach teaching and learning in the arts in an academic context. My hope is that through designing and implementing equitable approaches to dance pedagogy, more people will be able to experience the value of social justice initiatives in dance and embody what it really means to be respectful, understanding and compassionate.
Young is currently working on a performance project that traces her familys forced migration through China during the Chinese Civil War. For more information, visit angelineyoungdance.com.