Bati Tsogtsaikhan

Introducing Bati Tsogtsaikhan from Arlington, Virginia! Bati is one of our youth bloggers who is interning at NAKASEC in Annandale, VA. Check out the NAKASEC blog every Thursday starting July 17 to see his posts!


Name: Bati Tsogtsaikhan
Location: Arlington, VA

1. Who are you?
My name is Bati Tsogtsaikhan. Two years after my parents arrived in the United States, I left Mongolia at the age of 11 to live with them. That was when I saw my one-year-old brother for the first time. At the moment, I am a summer intern at NAKASEC in Annandale, Virginia. I am also studying finance at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

2. What does community mean to you?
To me, a community is a powerful alliance of people who fight for a common cause. As a community, people can protect one another from unfair treatment and unite to better society as a whole.

3. A quote I live by:
“One fool can ask more questions than ten wise men can answer.”
-Mongolian proverb

4. You might be surprised to find out that I:
When I came to the United States, I skipped a year and started school in 7th grade. I have never been a 6th grader.

5. A person who changed my life:
I am not Buddhist, but Buddha’s teachings have changed the way I look at life and treat others in a positive way.

6. What do you want to change in your community?
I want to bring Asian American youth together to make sure that their voices are heard. Too many of us go our separate ways and don’t have a sense of community. It would also be great to shed the stereotype of Asian Americans as being the “model minority” as it doesn’t reflect the experiences or real struggles of our community.