Cultural identify and upbringing is a great way to start deeper conversations. Why do you think most people engage or disengage with these topics? — I think it is interesting to get to know how other people run their lives, I’ve been consistently surprised when I talk to my more Americanized friends, my Asian friends who are not Chinese, and my non-Christian friends to see how differently they grew up. I think there are many reasons why people sometimes disengage from these topics, either their upbringing was painful, or they don’t know what to ask without being offensive, or maybe they grew up with certain biases about other cultures so they are already predisposed from being curious about others.
What is the driving force in your life? — The only way I feel alive is to chase my dreams, even if it’s in the smallest ways possible. Because if I’m not doing what I love or toward what I love, why would I waste my energy doing it in the first place?
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your previous self? — It’s okay to say ‘no’ to others to say ‘yes’ to yourself.