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Victor Yang

Boston Artist-in-Residence

For the past decade, Victor has been working with people to tell their stories. Stories that articulate hard truths, demand change, and inspire others to do the same. As an artist-in-residence, he is excited to bridge City Hall and Boston streets in this project — to play accomplice to individual imagination and to collective vision. As an organizer, he has supported local community leaders to run national campaigns for immigrant rights, to stop ICE deportations, and to double voter turnout in communities of color. He is an MFA candidate in fiction at Boston University. He also has a PhD in Politics from the University of Oxford, where he studied movements for racial equity. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Boston Globe, Longreads, The Rumpus, and The Southern Review, among others. He received the 2018 Chertkov Fellowship for Labor and Justice at the Blue Mountain Center. Victor is an immigrant, and for immigrants, the notion of home can be complicated. Yet he unequivocally claims Boston as home, this place that has given him so much, and this place he hopes to give back to. As for his first home: his parents have and always will be his biggest inspiration.

Victor is working with the Boston Public Health Commission’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (VIP), which aims to prevent violence through building and sustaining strong communities where residents are knowledgeable about the root causes of violence and empowered to address them.