1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I spent 12+ years practicing Shotokan Karate (traditional Japanese martial arts). I trained at least 4 days a week, got my first degree black belt at 10 years old and second degree at around 14 years old, travelled nationally to compete... it was intense haha.
2. What are your biggest passions?
Creating community through art. Being able to play a small part in creating something that someone can recognize themselves in, and helping them feel a little less alone in the world.
3. What are your goals for the future?
Continuing to build HMN Creative (an NYC-based creative studio I co-own with Prisca Choe), and shaping it into a strong brand that makes a positive impact in the world (and can also sustain a few salaries ;)). Longer-term: I have a strong belief that education is the foundation for creating a more progressive and equal world, so I'd like to work in that field in some capacity, to help provide young people tools and the opportunities to use them.
4. What is your definition of success?
Finding peace in the fact that life is a constant balancing act, and still continuing to work towards balance.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
HMN Creative is creating and producing a few projects this year that focus on the Asian and Asian-American identity, as it exists in the context of America and the younger generations (some of whom are the first to actually be born and grow up in America). We're connecting with so many incredible Asian individuals, and hearing so many stories/perspectives that we can't wait to share.
Photographed by: Elena Mudd