Agnes Tran and Pierre Thibodeaux are the winners of the third annual Discover Asia Correspondent Contest, sponsored by Korean Air. They will each receive an expense-paid five-day, six-night trip courtesy of Korean Air to the destination of their choice in Asia to explore a topic of personal interest. A team of judges who are editors at the L.A. Times selected Agnes and Pierre from about 100 entries representing over 50 high schools.
Agnes Tran | Charter Oak High School
Pierre Thibodeaux | Palisades Charter High School
“Beyond exploring a half of myself that I’ve never completely understood, I want to bring my mother back to Taiwan and for us to experience it together. Since she left as a child, she doesn’t remember what it’s like, and nearly five decades later, it has changed immensely. I believe that I can turn my experience into something useful, through which I can understand myself better, my family better, and my culture better, and so that others can understand too.”