Hannah Joy Sachs was adopted from China and raised by a Jewish family in a predominantly white suburb of New York City. Her upbringing inspired her to research racial and cultural identity development within the Asian American adoptee community, first studying sociology at Davidson College and then completing a master’s in migration studies from University of Oxford. Currently, Hannah is an experiential educator passionate about building connections and promoting social justice through responsible travel. She spends the majority of her time facilitating immersive programs for high school, college, and GAP year students. Recent courses she’s led include studying visions of democracy in Myanmar; learning about conservation efforts in Indonesia; tracing rural to urban migration patterns in Thailand and China; and exploring racial dynamics post-Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, USA. Outside the program leading world, Hannah served as a social justice fellow at Stony Brook University’s Interfaith Center. Whenever in New York, she loves volunteering with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center, horseback riding, and cheering for the New York Yankees.
Updated April 2020
More from Hannah Joy Sachs
"Yellow Peril" in the Age of COVID-19
I hope that when we look back on this unprecedented time, the pandemic is defined by these acts of kindness, empathy, collective cooperation, innovation, and scientific achievement. And yet, I fear that instead, for so many Asian Americans, this time will evoke memories of "yellow peril" in its ugliest forms.
Thank you to our 2020 US Review and Admissions Committees
As every year, Humanity in Action received many applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year. We are so grateful to the dedicated Senior Fellows and friends who volunteered their time and energy in reading and reviewing applications.
Alternative Four Questions: Social Justice Seder
Senior Fellow Hannah Joy Sachs decided to connect the historic story of Passover to contemporary human rights and representation concerns around the world.
Thank you to our 2019 US Review and Admissions Committees
Blog Post by Hannah Joy Sachs: "In Fellowship"
Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Hannah Sachs shares a personal reflection about her experience with Humanity in Action and being in community with her cohort of Fellows.
Announcing the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellows