Santa Clara, CA
I attribute the greatest gift of God’s amazing grace for me in my parents – extraordinary ordinary people: 1st generation Taiwanese Americans who taught my brother and me to represent our people with a lifestyle lived out full of integrity (Proverbs 11:3) and selflessly shepherding our community (Leviticus 19:18).
Who are you?
I am a Texan-born, Michigan-raised, California-transplant who has found my life and Love in Jesus Christ. I am a sucker for people, principles, possibilities, perspectives, intuition, inspiration, activism, expression, resilience, revolution, and revelation. I attribute the greatest gift of God’s amazing grace for me in my parents – extraordinary ordinary people: 1st generation Taiwanese Americans who taught my brother and me to represent our people with a lifestyle lived out full of integrity (Proverbs 11:3) and selflessly shepherding our community (Leviticus 19:18). I believe humanity has a duty to become holistically egalitarian (Galatians 3:28), and I long to see our generation take collective responsibility in seeing social justice breakthrough to fruition worldwide (Psalm 82:3-4).
“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
— Revelation 2:10
What do you do?
I am a full-time marketplace missionary contending for revival and church redefined. I am Co-Founder and Director of Communications + Marketing at DeoWorks.org, our Silicon Valley based Christian start-up non-profit ministry focusing on internet tools and community networks that aim to connect the body of Christ + accelerate the work of the kingdom. I’m also a trained volunteer international business consultant through rēp (repurposing.biz) working with mid-market companies in developing nations to reform their leadership based on eternal principles, which in turn transform their spheres of influence in society. I am a long-term sponsor of my two lovely girls in Guatemala and Uganda through WorldVision.org, and am an avid financial and prayer partner to various third-world development initiatives, missionary efforts, social entrepreneurship programs, philanthrocapitalism projects and microfinance groups abroad.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
— Luke 12:48
Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?
I am a 2nd generation Taiwanese American, and I represent our Taiwanese heritage wherever I go in the content of my character and the confidence in my identity. We are a distinctive people — a people of great honor, quiet strength, deep resilience, genuine hospitality, intimate community, and humble excellence. We are dichotomous blends of tradition and progress, nationalism and local familiarity, complex histories and history in the making. We are pursuant advocates of hope and tireless defenders of justice. It is my prayer for the nation that our politics would not divide our people as much as our commitment to Taiwan would unite our people as one.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?
I dream of a Taiwanese America that authentically reflects the very best of our people and heritage in who we are. The most powerful way in which we can represent our people and our roots is by intentionally living out our passions, hopes, dreams and desires to the fullest possible extent with fierce purpose and true meaning. The reality is that our generation is constantly redefining what it means to be American every day, and as Taiwanese America I believe we are blessed with great opportunity to be an influential part of our nation’s diverse strengths for the greater good of all.
“God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” — Frederick Buechner