I landed on shore to Canada when I was 3, nested in a box of Sony Walkmans. Interestingly enough, the thing that stood out to me the most about this new continent was breakfast cereal. I loved cereal. Here’s a bit of useless information: Rural China isn’t exactly the best place to keep cold fresh milk. So anything milk related was a brand spanking new experience for me. Then again, at 3, pretty much everything is a new experience.

I also remember snow.

In any case, I moved to a suburb in Toronto – cookie cutter houses, Stepford wives, 5K for Cancer, and school buses – where I had my childhood. By the time I hit college I had moved through 6 schools. I’d really like to tell you that it was because I had some internal spite against authority, fueled by my own racial identity crisis, which resulted in a series of rebellious teenage years, but that would be lying. The truth is: I won student of the month in every grade of elementary school but one; did Boy Scouts; had Asian parents who withheld Christmas presents until I finished every possible grade of classical piano; was clumsy during swimming lessons; chipped some teeth during diving class; and played in a band. Essentially, a poster child for the minority suburban cliché.

I had to escape.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents and my childhood has made me who I am (and I do quite like who I am). However, I needed independence, the lack of a safety net, new challenges, and the opportunity create my future to my liking – which, I know, sounds like another cliché.

Moving on.

I moved out of my parents house and moved to Montreal to study at McGill. I majored in Philosophy and Organismal Biology (Ecology/Evolution) in order to pursue a career in…great table conversation. Let’s be realistic – my education doesn’t exactly make me employable. However, I was still under the impression that Universities were not massive automatons that provided extremely expensive job training courses. Rather, I – perhaps quite naïvely – still believed that I was pursing higher education in order to be a more knowledgeable world citizen and participate in the democratic process of society building. 4 years later, and I still try to get my keys by pointing at them and saying “Accio keys!”.5 points if you got that reference. No, you’re not allowed to Google it.

This brings us to today, and what I’m doing.

2 years ago, my best friend and I founded a Design / Web / Advertising Firm which we now work at more than full time (somewhere between Nietzsche and Punnett Squares I decided to pick up a passion for graphic design, web development, photography and advertising). I love my work, immensely. Next, I think I might start a cereal bar – a restaurant that serves every type of cereal imaginable, potentially alcoholic cereal as well.

I also have a lot of interest in non-profit projects, social entrepreneurship, and open media. If you’re starting/running a project, I’d love to hear about it.

By now, you’ve probably picked up my sarcastic or cynical tones. Contrarily, I tend to be extremely optimistic. I dive very passionately into hobbies – I like collecting them. I have a tendency to focus only on the things I love to do, but have learned to be disciplined enough to do the things I have to do. I like being outside of my comfort zone. If something makes for a good story in the future, it’s worth doing right now. Life is very short and I don’t believe in respawning after you die, so I truly believe in taking great risks that yield great rewards.