We are a team of CSCW researchers who share an intimate awareness of the liminal space that we each occupy as an Asian diasporic person: the never-ending questioning of where and how we belong. We also share the experience of leaning on each other for community in the last year, grappling with questions like these and our own relationships with Asianness as social computing researchers. While many of us are currently affiliated with US institutions, our varied experiences with queerness, gender, being mixed-race, nationality, ability, and doing research both from abroad and within communities gives us insight into various aspects of the Asian diaspora experience. With this workshop, we aim to create space within the CSCW community for these conversations—to be visible and to take up space with intention.

Calvin Liang, Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington

Calvin Liang is a PhD Candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. His work combines human-computer interaction and social computing to explore how design can support LGBTQIA2S+ people with their health.

Emily Tseng, Information Science, Cornell University

Emily Tseng is a PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University. Her work draws on HCI, machine learning and computer security and privacy to explore sociotechnical systems to combat gender-based violence.

Sachin Pendse, Human-Centered Computing, Georgia Tech

Sachin Pendse is a PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech. His work is centered around better understanding how our identities influence how we express and experience our mental health, towards designing safer and more inclusive (technology-mediated) mental health spaces.


Crystal Lee is a PhD candidate at MIT and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She works broadly on topics related to the social and political dimensions of computing, data visualization, and disability.

Neilly H. Tan, Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington

Neilly Tan is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. Her work investigates personal data and privacy in Internet of Things (IoT) systems through a critical lens, particularly centered around the experiences of non-primary users.

Ruotong Wang, CSE, University of Washington

Ruotong Wang is a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Her work draws on HCI, social computing and cross-cultural studies to design sociotechnical systems that facilitate collaboration among diverse community members.

Alexandra To, the Art + Design department in the College of Art, Media, and Design and the Khoury College of Computer Science, Northeastern

Alexandra To is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed between Art + Design and Computer Science at Northeastern University. She works in intersections of human-computer interaction, games, and racial justice and seeks to design for empowerment.

Amy Zhang, CSE, University of Washington

Amy Zhang is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. She works in social computing and HCI, particularly the design of social and collaborative systems to foster civic engagement and combat misinformation and harassment.

Kimberley R. Allison, Psychology, Macquarie University

Kimberley Allison is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate in Psychology at Macquarie University. Their research interests include antisocial online behaviours, moral reasoning, psycho-oncology and LGBTQI+ health.

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