My first experience in mentoring was at my first teaching position in Texas. Students had just won a hard-won struggle to get an Asian American Studies major, and one student asked me if she could do an oral history of her grandfather. What unfolded for her was not only her grandfather's specific story but how that story intersected with broader historical trends. She was able to discover in the textures of her grandfather's life his historical significance; he became a historical subject. This inexorably changed the way my student imagined her own life trajectory, and she has committed herself to social justice and service. I saw in this experience the transformative potential of undergraduate research, how it unlocked heretofore unknown, unseen passions and concerns. I continue to mentor projects that run the gamut: theories of Korean American identity, Asian American literature, religion and race.