Eugenia Huang

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2018

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Political Science and International Affairs. Minor in Education: Schools, Education, and Society

Hometown: Cary, NC

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Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, by Richard Hofstadter

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: More of a life philosophy is a quote from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”:
“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body”

In relation to politics I quote George Santayana: “Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Aristotle, Thomas Paine, Ida B. Wells, Michelle Obama

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: When Sebastian broke the toilette. But on a more serious note, all the events we went to that involved women empowerment really struck a cord with me. For example, being at the DNC to hear Hillary’s nomination acceptance speech. At that moment I felt strangely apolitical; and rather I was overwhelmed with just appreciating the moment for what it was. I was taken out of this crazy whirlwind election, the policies, the controversies, the whole spectacle and I was transported to a place where I was nothing but myself as a young Chinese American woman. I fully acknowledge that this was the emotional ploy that the DNC and Hillary campaign wanted to create but I don’t even care. Because in that moment when she said the words ‚”I accept your nomination for the President of the United States‚” I felt so proud to be a woman.

Blog Posts

The (un)Forgiving American Electorate

New Hampshire, like Iowa, was a buzzing sea of political enthusiasm and anxious waiting. Yet another bizarre arena, where every corner had campaign signs, every commercial on the radio was a political ad, and where every candidate’s fate is solemnly determined. While...

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More than just “Civic Engagement”

Working for the Cruz campaign was both surprisingly inspiring and nerve wrenchingly bewildering. As a person who spends most of her time on the complete other side of the political spectrum, walking into a room full of strong-willed courageous conservatives had me on...

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