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Ryan Gajudo Macasero ’12 (Photo: Josh Patterson/New America Media)

CSUEB grad wins ethnic media journalism award

  • April 3, 2013 5:00am

Ryan Gajudo Macasero, BA, international studies, ('12), was chosen as one of four Emerging Youth Voice awardees by the New America Media for his personal essay on overcoming depression as a young Asian American. The story originally appeared in The FilAm.

"Being in ethnic and community journalism, we inevitably become advocates for the community by telling stories," Macasero said. "I realized that if me telling my own story will help someone find the courage to seek help and to stop being ashamed, then why not?"

He received his award March 7 in Pasadena, Calif. at the 2013 NAM Ethnic Media Awards for Southern California which annually honors exceptional journalism members from the ethnic media.

Read Ryan Macasero's award-winning article in The FilAm, "Young journalist opens up about overcoming depression: The Asian American in isolation."

Watch his interview with Kababayan LA (he appears at 2:16).

Listen to his P.E.E.R.S. podcast, "Depression, Stigma and the Model Minority Myth in the Asian American Community."

Click to learn more about the symptoms of depression as well as resources available through the CSUEB Student Health & Counseling Services. Contact Counseling and Psychiatry Services at (510) 885-3735 by email


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