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The AAPI History I Carry with Me: Tiffany Chu

A Beautiful Resistance celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and AAPI joy as told to Jeneé Osterheldt

Tiffany Chu, chief of staff for Mayor Wu, shares her beautiful resistance.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Boston is at the intersection of what once was and what can be.

As Mayor Michelle Wu’s chief of staff, Tiffany Chu is one of the new voices helping navigate the groundwork and initiatives necessary for change.

Chu moved from San Francisco to Boston, with a deep background in urban planning, tech, and entrepreneurship. A graduate of MIT, she is no stranger to the area and loves biking around the city she hopes to make more beautifully inclusive.

My life is a beautiful resistance because:

I believe in knocking down walls and showing people what is possible.

What are you looking forward to as we celebrate and create a more inclusive Boston?


Creating an environment for those who may feel they don’t belong in this city realize that actually, they do.

The AAPI history I carry with me is:

Being both unseen and seen, singled out as different yet perceived as all the same, wanting to blend in yet forge my own unique path.

What gives you joy?

Peaceful mornings, crowded dinner tables, birdsong, leafy bike rides, children playing in public spaces — simple moments of gratitude.

Every Wednesday in May, A Beautiful Resistance will hold space in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Follow us on Instagram @abeautifulresistance.

Jeneé Osterheldt can be reached at Follow her @sincerelyjenee and on Instagram @abeautifulresistance.