JU HONG, Featuring

Ju is the Program Analyst of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) under immigration unit, developing and implementing programs and funding initiatives necessary to support legal services, outreach, community education, and other immigration integration efforts in the State of California.

Ju came to the United States from South Korea at the age of 11 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Laney College in Oakland, where he was elected as the first Asian American and youngest student body president. Ju graduated from Laney College and transferred to University of California, Berkeley, where he became the first undocumented student government Senator in UC Berkeley history.  

In 2013, Ju challenged the President Obama on a record number of deportations during his speech at the Betty Ong Center in San Francisco, California. His courageous action was appeared on national and international media, including CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC News.

Ju currently serves as a board member of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and a member of the Leadership Council of Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC).

Ju holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UC Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University. Ju is also a certified coach through the Leadership that Works credential through the International Coach Federation.

Ju enjoys traveling, dancing, and playing basketball. You can follow Ju on Twitter and Instagram at @JuHong89.


Anna oh, producer/director

Anna Oh is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco, California. Immediately after her college graduation, she found herself heading to South Korea alongside Ju with camera and notebook in hand. As a Korean immigrant herself, she felt compelled to share Ju’s story after reading an article about him online. Her senior thesis, Am I American (Official Selection, CAAMFest 2016), explores the various definitions of the word “American” through the perspectives of undocumented immigrants and recently-naturalized citizens. She currently works as a Jr. Product Manager at Kanopy.


Scott Schwerdtfeger, ASSISTANT EDITOR

Scott is the director of photography, editor and post-production manager at Little Thunder Films. He has performed in a variety of production roles since graduating from UC Davis with a B.A. in Technocultural Studies & Film Studies and has collaborated closely with Anna on several projects together.


James Davey, Assistant Editor

James is a photographer and video editor based in San Francisco. He has edited several non-profit promotional videos and short films, including Eternally Wild, which premiered and toured with the 2016 Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

View more of James’ work on his website.