Kevin I. Mori

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For his research project, Kevin Mori wanted to be able to work with the queer Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, and found himself focusing on how intersecting marginalized identities affect individuals on a day-to-day basis. Kevin was inspired by the interviews he did as a part of his research, seeing people who, despite discrimination and feelings of alienation were able to create vibrant and resilient communities. After graduation, Kevin began working with a data analytics consulting firm. Eventually, he hopes to attend graduate school and continue the research he did on marginalized communities and the impact of online interactions.triangle.gif (504 bytes)




Individuals who identify as either queer or Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) are marginalized in American society; queer AAPIs are subject to dual marginalization. This study focuses on how individuals who identify as both queer and AAPI experience a sense of community within online and offline spaces. Participation was limited to individuals who live in Southern California, are between the age of 18 and 30, and use Facebook. Twenty individuals, recruited primarily through snowball sampling, participated in concurrent mixed-methods interviews. During this process participants first completed surveys evaluating their collective self-esteem, sense of community, and Facebook practices. Immediately after, participants completed semi-structured interviews in which they shared their personal experiences related to their queer and AAPI identities. The results of this study detail participants’ relationship to and involvement in the queer AAPI community. The study provides a model of resilience and shares how queer AAPI spaces provide support by allowing the presentation of authentic selves. It also suggests a future direction for understanding how individuals’ intersecting identities impact experiences online and offline.triangle.gif (504 bytes)

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Faculty Mentor                                                                                                                

Gillian R. Hayes

Donald Bren School of Information  
and Computer Sciences

Kevin’s research advances our understanding of multi-faceted identities in online spaces, particularly people who identify as both LGBTQ and Asian American Pacific Islander. This research is not only important to the overall community interested in social computing as well as issues of identity for under-represented minorities, it also serves as a model project for undergraduate researchers. Building on skills he developed through coursework and supporting roles in research, Kevin was able to launch his own research project, focused on issues close to his heart. I encourage all undergraduate students to consider how they might use a research experience to develop their skills and knowledge while tacking important problems about which they are passionate.triangle.gif (504 bytes)

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