A Brown Bag Lunch with Secretary Arne Duncan

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Posted by Matsui Washington Fellow Felippa Amanta

Felippa with Arne DuncanLast Friday afternoon, October 17, I had the honor of being up close and personal with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Since the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is housed under the Department of Education, the interns are also subject to the Department of Education’s internship program. Other than exciting tours around the city and exhilarating happy hours, the program also provides opportunities to attend insightful brown bag lunches with various people at the Department, including Secretary Duncan himself. Continue reading


Here and There: Comparing Life in Different Cities

David blogPosted by Matsui Washington Fellow David Mkrtchian

For this blog post, I would like to discuss the difference between D.C. and California in terms of transit, and the difference between Norfolk, Virginia and San Francisco in terms of urban planning.

One of the most underappreciated parts of Washington, D.C. is its transit convenience. Because Washington, D.C.’s Union Station is such a convenient transit hub, I was able to visit Norfolk, Virginia two weeks ago, to see a fellow Cal Bear studying medicine, and travel easily to New York City. As it happens, I am writing this blog while traveling on Amtrak’s high speed Acela train from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Continue reading