Ms Lucinda Lai (2012)
I grew up in a hub of Southeast Asian American cultures and communities in San Jose, California. At Stanford, I studied Human Biology and completed an honors thesis investigating barriers to organ donation in Thailand. For my lifelong interest in the health and human rights of refugees, I won Stanford’s International Public Service Fellowship and began work for a community-based organization on the Thai-Burma border dedicated to the mental health of Burmese refugees. An MPhil in Social Anthropology will build upon my fieldwork with Burmese refugees, so I can better understand how sociocultural differences impact the success or failure of health interventions for specific vulnerable populations. I have plans for medical school after Cambridge. In Thailand, I discovered a love for Muay Thai kickboxing sustained by regular training at a charmingly rustic half-farm/half-gym and the recent purchase of my first pair of shiny red gloves.
Muay Thai kickboxing, basketball, soccer, waterfalls, This American Life and RadioLab podcasts, music, coffee shops, and being welcomed as a guest in others’ lives