New York, NY
I am proud of Taiwan as a diverse and vibrant multi-ethnic mix and as a beacon of democracy…
Who are you?
I am an artist, activist, musician, and entrepreneur based out of New York City. I was born in Taiwan and raised in Arizona. I graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard University in 2003. While in college, I studied abroad in Barcelona, Paris and Lund (Sweden). I just finished my Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. I am currently a strategist and interaction designer at Purpose.com, a group of “movement entrepreneurs.” I am also co-founder and producer at Hepnova Multimedia, a genre-defying music collective, multimedia production company, think tank, and modern lifestyle brand.
What do you do?
I tap into my multidisciplinary experience to develop strategies and technologies and design interactive experiences for progressive social and political movements. I also make music with my band, Hepnova, and with my friends.
Why are you proud to be of Taiwanese heritage?
I immigrated to the US with my parents when I was 4 years old. Aside from going to a Taiwanese church and Chinese School on Sundays, I grew up mostly around white people. I would visit Taiwan every two years or so growing up, and I had the opportunity to make some longer trips there as an adult. For me, my Taiwanese heritage means more than just food and family, although those things are obviously great. I am proud of Taiwan as a diverse and vibrant multi-ethnic mix and as a beacon of democracy (against the odds).
What does the future of Taiwanese America look like to you?
A future where “brand Taiwan” and “Taiwanese America” mean entrepreneurial, scrappy, and hardworking. A future where our hybrid culture is celebrated.
Any additional information you would like to share?
My favorite Taiwanese food is oyster omelets .