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Apisra “Annie” Srivanich-Raper, one of the six Thai American National interns this year, writes about her experience in Washington, D.C. this summer. Annie grew up in southeaster Idaho and attended the College of Idaho.

“I cannot express how grateful I am to the Royal Thai Embassy, US-Asia Institute, APIAVote, and everyone who helped me for this truly incredible opportunity to come to Washington DC. I have met other Thai and Asian Americans, learned firsthand about issues facing our community and country and actions being taken to remedy them, and am inspired to continue as a change-maker and be politically involved. I better understand how passionate I am about public service and realize that as a Thai American and thus, Asian American woman, I have the power to shape the future not just for myself, but in helping others.”