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Houston’s Asian American Travels: John Tran

Produced in partnership with MAX Studios at the University of St. Thomas and Yetter Coleman LLP

As a native of Houston, John Tran learned to appreciate the comfort of the large Vietnamese community in the area – as well as the diversity that lies beyond, demonstrating that in Houston, differences are celebrated. No matter our background, the desire to improve and succeed drives everyone forward and connects us. Watch his videos for insight into the Vietnamese community, what inspired him to pursue medicine, and to remind you to appreciate the sacrifices our loved ones have made for us.

Growing up in Houston

On the journey of his family

On his inspiration to study medicine


About John Tran

John Tran is an alumnus of the University of St. Thomas who holds a degree in psychology with a minor in neuroscience. His impact was significant at UST where he served in the Club Sports Association, Mendenhall Summer Institute, UST Guidance Officers, Campus Ministry, presidential ambassadors from UST, HOSA, Latin American Medical Students Association, Psi Chi, interns from the Campus Activities Council and the Filipino Students Association. . Additionally, Tran has been selected as Mr. UST for 2022 and will represent the university alongside Reeja Awan at various events, be special guests at alumni events, act as a spokesperson and serve to committees if necessary.

Currently, Tran is attending medical school at McGovern Medical School in Houston with the help of the Joint Medical Admission Program (JAMP). Inspired by his grandmother and family’s struggles with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, he is touched by the opportunity to gain experience in health care and the diversity of treatments in order to better serve the community that served him all his life.


About Asian American Trips to Houston

In partnership with MAX Studios at the University of St. Thomas, Asia Society Texas presents a new video series, Asian American Trips to Houston. Through short video interviews with local Asian Americans, the series illuminates the voices that make up a vital part of America’s most diverse city.

Featuring Houstonians who reflect the richness and diversity of local Asian American communities, the series highlights a variety of experiences, cultures, religions and ethnicities and explores themes of identity, memory and shared humanity. By sharing these personal journeys, Asia Society Texas and the University of St. Thomas seek to build empathy and connectedness between people, as well as deepen our collective understanding of Asian American experiences in Houston.