"The BTG students bring a heightened level of enthusiasm, creativity, and professionalism to the participants that we serve ... Without a doubt, the BTG students have enriched the lives of those around them ..."
Eddy Zheng is co-director of the Oakland-based Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC). A Chinese immigrant, he was incarcerated at 16. In prison he taught himself English and became socially conscious. The ordeal motivated a lifelong commitment to youth violence prevention, to raising awareness about the large number of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants being deported, detained and imprisoned, and to addressing the root causes of the crisis. In 2007 he led a book project that culminated in “Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology.” He is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story.”
BTG 20th Anniversary Tribute
At the 2008 Symposium, two of the student coordinators entertained the crowd with their performance of an educational rap, “Circulatory System,” by Rhythm, Rhymes, Results, with the addition of some of the students’ own lyrics.