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Washington and Lee University

Tran Gia Kim, B.A., Class of 2005

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Biography

Tran and her father escaped from Vietnam and came to the United States as refugees; they have been succeeding ever since. Tran was a consistent participant in and leader of the Joyful Noise Gospel Choir, a regular participant in Evening Abroad (singing Vietnamese songs and wowing the crowd with a salsa dance), a DJ on the campus radio station, and even found time to be a dorm counselor. Her wide-ranging interests and abilities as a journalism student earned her one of only 20 Pulliam Fellowships awarded to support a summer internship. She chose to spend it with The Indianapolis Star over Time Magazine. As her faculty said, "Tran is a fighter for the little guy, the world's poor, the fair thing. I watched her struggle to do good in the simplest journalism assignments, finding low-income families in Rockbridge to write about, profiling immigrants learning English at the library. I hope her strong sense of justice and her personal experience of grace will work out in journalism. No matter -- it will work out. She is a spiritually inspired and intellectually gifted survivor." Tran hopes for a career in international journalism or public relations. Working for non-profit organizations or taking on graduate or law school are also possibilities.

Sources: file, personal information, interview

Written by: Scott Dittman,

Updated: June 15, 2005