Alison Yang – High School Student and Beatboxer

Sylvania, OH

I beatbox everywhere and anytime I can. Rhythm is steady, and in an unpredictable world, that can be very comforting. I love performing, and I try to connect my passion for serving others with my music.

yang.alison3Who are you?

I am an incoming senior attending Sylvania Southview High School in Northwest Ohio. I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas. My parents are immigrants from Taipei. Though the Taiwanese American community is small in my area, my parents have always encouraged me to explore my heritage and to be proud of it. I am a typical hardworking, high-achieving student, but I also have a passion for community service and music.

What do you do?

I live in the suburbs surrounding Toledo, a fairly economically depressed area. I serve as the public relations executive for Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence, and I help to raise funds and secure grants for nonprofit groups that beautify the community and serve the interests of the youth. I research at the University of Toledo and am captain of my school’s debate team. I am also an avid beatboxer and guitarist. I beatbox everywhere and anytime I can. Rhythm is steady, and in an unpredictable world, that can be very comforting. I love performing, and I try to connect my passion for serving others with my music. I perform in benefit concerts, and busk for donations to nonprofits.
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Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?

I am 2nd generation Taiwanese American. To me, being Taiwanese American means being proud, persistent, and tough. Our story embodies the ability to overcome adversity and obstacles. Our sense of community is also uniquely strong –we share many of the same struggles, and those struggles tie us together.

What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?

The future looks bright. I have met so many strong Taiwanese American leaders, and I know that with such competent and passionate people fighting for our rights, we will eventually break through.

Any additional information you would like to share?

I love collaborating, so if you are any kind of musician that wants a sick beat on a track, let me know! [email protected]

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