Reflections: 20 Years of Sorensen Fellows

Angela Tse '10
2008 Sorensen Fellow
International Bridges to Justice
Beijing, China

Read Angela's 2008 Sorensen Fellow essay here.

angelaAngela’s Sorensen Fellowship focused on the lens through which we tell stories and effect change.

“Non-profits and non-governmental organizations' impact, as I studied them, were clouded with foreign lenses. Foreign expatriates tried to accomplish their version of good in local environs that didn't necessarily need a foreign lens to view or create success. angelaLocal non-profits or non-profits with more leadership from locals gained more traction in enabling youth, migrant and indigent populations, because their views weren't restricted by a foreign lens. Photographic lenses were key to documenting my experiences, and this photograph encapsulates the insider-outsider perspective of being in China with a foreign non-governmental organization. Everything can seem strange, out-of-place, and broken, even if it may be different to those whose lives you're trying to impact.”

Working with youth, migrant and indigent populations to tell stories about fighting through hardships in China's developing legal system inspired Angela to further fight for advocacy of technology public policy rights in law school. Graduating, her focus evolved to impacting technology’s effect on daily lives by working with tech startups in Colorado. At Amazon in Seattle, she worked on magnifying storytelling with technology.

“My understanding of the way in which technology lenses impact our world view has been significantly shaped by the Sorensen Fellowship work I did in China almost ten years ago. I question what kind of work we do and the lens by which we view both ourselves and others around us, and how if any impact can be made or completed by testing our assumptions and never settling.  Photographic lenses and the lens through which we view ourselves are like the glass houses that we live in and view others out of.”

angelaAmazon spheres Angela Tse walks by daily, reminding her of the work she did during her summer in China.

Angela Tse currently works on rights licensing and contract negotiations at Amazon Publishing in Seattle. She graduated from University of Colorado Law School in 2012 with a focus on intellectual property rights and technology public policy. She also attended the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University in 2016. She, her husband, and their cat and dog live in Seattle and Colorado. Her work is focused on exploring technology's ability to impact storytelling, and she volunteers her time with Washington chapter of non-profit GLSEN focusing on building policy advocacy of gay, lesbian, and straight youth alliances in schools.