University of Florida Asian Kaleidoscope Month: Beauty & Business


Hey all!

This time next week I’ll be in Gainesville, Florida guest speaking at the University of Florida on starting a career in the beauty industry. This year’s theme is “What’s Your Story?” I’ll be sharing my story about how I got started, where I am, and where I aspire to be in the industry. Very exciting! Other great events will be taking place all through the month! I wish I could stay for some of the other events like the pageant, talent show, or even the hip hop workshop! Take a look for yourself at

This is the press release for the event:

Forum to give tips on beauty industry

Oct. 6, 2011

Media contact:
Alyssa Wang
Co-Advertising Director
Asian Kaleidoscope Month
Writer: TaeYeon Hong

Beauty & Business, a forum that will provide students with tips on how to get
involved in the beauty industry, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. inside the
Matthews Suite on the fourth floor of the Reitz Union.

The event, a part of Asian Kaleidoscope Month, will feature guest speaker Van
Pham. Pham is a beauty artist and hair stylist based in San Francisco who owns her
own business.

Pham plans to tell her story of how she went from being a college student to a
successful freelance makeup artist. An audience member will also receive a free
makeover from Pham.

Students of any gender who have any interest in the beauty field, fashion,
makeup, designing or art should come, said event director Chieu Ho.
The forum is free and open to the public.

“Everybody has a different story, and a lot of Asian families think that there’s only
one specific career for their children, whether it’s medicine or science or engineering,”
Ho said. “This is to show people that there are other opportunities out there and that you
don’t have to be confined.”

Asian Kaleidoscope Month (AKM) is a month-long celebration that seeks to educate and bring awareness of the histories, cultures, and contributions of Asians and Asian Americans. Through this year’s programming, “AKM 2011: Defining Your Story” aims to highlight the unique stories of individuals in the Asian and Asian American community. AKM has hosted many prominent Asian and Asian American speakers in the past including Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; Betty Nguyen, CNN correspondent; past entertainers Quest Crew and Poreotics from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and YouTube sensations Gabe Bondoc and Clara C. See for more information.

Chieu Ho
Event Director, Asian Kaleidoscope Month

Kristine Straker
Programming Director, Asian Kaleidoscope Month

And here is the beautifully designed flyer for the event:

This will be my first time in Florida, I hear there’s a lot of gators! I’m kind of hoping to wake up to one in our hotel swimming pool. That would be kinda cool. I promise to snap a picture to share 😀