In your own words, what is your ethnic identity? (for individuals)
I identify as mixed: Chinese and Irish American.
Your Artistic Background/Mission
I'm a storyteller based in Brooklyn. I'm a writer, editor, and photographer whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, VICE, Refinery29, Lucky Peach, Roads & Kingdoms, On Being, The Rumpus, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and elsewhere.
Most recently, I was an editorial fellow at Guernica magazine. As a Spring 2017 TED Resident, I gave a TED Talk titled "As American as Chop Suey" about my photojournalism project on Chinese restaurant workers in New York. In 2016 I contributed to the documentary project She Is Syria, which chronicled the stories of women and girl refugees.
Previously, I edited award-winning books for Amazon Publishing and HarperCollins. In 2015 I relaunched Book of the Month as a box subscription service for books. I also co-founded and served as editor in chief of William & Park, a digital magazine for creatives.
A California transplant, I suffer from chronic wanderlust and an inexplicable need to collect cute things that don't fit in my apartment. In another life I wrote about Chinatown, a place I used to live.
Your Creative Influences
Maxine Hong Kingston
Viet Thanh Nguyen