Joaquin Uy immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio from Manila, Philippines with his family to escape the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos. His experiences growing up as one of the only Filipino kids in a highly segregated neighborhood led down a path of social justice and journalism. Shortly after moving to Seattle, he both protested the 1999 World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference and covered the event for Seattle Indymedia. This led him to Community Radio Station KBCS 91.3 FM, where he served as a producer and then their News and Public Affairs Director for over six years. During that time he was also founding member of the Seattle chapter of the grassroots, progressive Filipino American youth and student organization Anakbayan. Today he is the Communications and Outreach Manager for the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for the City of Seattle. His go-to karaoke song these days is “Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.