Grace Jahng Lee

Grace Jahng Lee is a writer, researcher, and social justice activist who was born stateless in Seoul and raised on four continents. She has worked in public health, harm reduction, and HIV prevention since she was a teen, with people experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ communities, sex workers, drug users, and immigrants, in settings such as homeless encampments, county hospitals, and activist-led syringe service programs. She has conducted ethnographic research on second-generation Korean Brazilians in São Paulo through a Tinker Foundation grant. During her Open City fellowship, she plans to report across the boroughs on Asian Latino communities and mental health among Asian Americans. She attended the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music in Caracas, Smith College, and UCLA, where she earned degrees in cultural anthropology, public health, and Latin American studies, with a focus on Asian diasporas in Latin America. She is the creative nonfiction editor and health editor at Hyphen and a contributing editor at Guernica. She is completing a book and tweets @gracejahnglee.