Nicholas X. Woo
大家好! I am humbled to be recognized as an 'honorary member' of NAD, yet everyone around knows me just as good ol' 'Nick Woo', or Nicholas 轩怀 Woo 胡 to my Chinese family. I was born and raised in both Bellevue and Seattle, Washington along Lake Washington. My family, however, hails from southern China on the banks of Toisan, Guangdong Province as well as on the islands of Hong Kong. My Cantonese home and culture has shaped a lot of who I am, including my own identity living in-between many worlds, and my desire to bring people of different backgrounds together for lasting constructive change--and to have a little (lots of) laughter in the process. Over the last year, I have been conducting my senior thesis in NAS on the intimate unions between Chinese and Native American workers across the 19th Century West. I have also spent time at the University of Washington under Tami Hohn (Puyallup) learning to speak and write in Southern Lushootseed (dxʷləšúcid) to better understand not just the indigenous language of my birthplace, but also everything from Coast Salish culture to relationship with the environment. After graduating this June, I plan to continue engaging in early field work with local communities to get out the non-traditional and progressive vote in county, state, and presidential elections come November 2020. I am still devoted to learning and decolonizing my worldview ever more each day, hopefully even pursuing an advanced degree in law or public affairs in the future. One day I would love to engage in meaningful work on behalf of either tribal or U.S. governments to more veraciously uphold treaty rights and better cultivate collaborative relations between the many sovereign nations here on Turtle Island and beyond. With more time at home, I am most grateful for the ability to care for and spend an inordinate amount of time with my adorable grandma and grandpa. I am also immensely indebted to everyone in the NAS faculty for not only seeing potential in me, but also for putting up with me over my Dartmouth career. I will miss all of you in NAD dearly. Each and every one of you will always hold a special place in my heart…held-in-trust! I'm just kidding. In perpetuity. Until we next meet again, 再見!