Raju Desai is an Indipino born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He received his M.A. and B.A. in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University and has over 8 years of experience teaching Ethnic Studies and Philippine Studies from grades 6 through college. His research interests include Philippine/Filipina/o American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Youth Participatory Action Research, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Mixed Race Studies, and Filipino Language.