I grew up in Kansas, not realizing I was really Chinese until I left to New England.... =)
My life is Design, a positive disruptor, passionate inventor, a full time foodie, educator questioner, an ideas sparkler, and a past musician that takes the emotive learnings into everything that I do in life. I often say my Design stems from math and music. Math taught me to love problem solving and finding, and music taught me there are several directions for the same song; sad, happy, fast, slow, peculiar, simple, complex, alarming, etc. I design lots and often new things that I'm curious about. Objects, spaces, brands, services, systems, and experiences for consumers, the medical world, starts ups, and seemingly semi evil corporations though some are not as bad as they seem. I often tell people Design is hard to explain quickly, because it is a means to thinking, envisioning alternative perspectives, and a process to solve complex problems though seemingly simple.
I graduated with an Industrial Design degree from RISD, a Masters from Harvards GSD for Product Design in Architecture, with studies done at the MIT Media Laboratory in Tangible Media and Smart Cities, and later becoming a researcher in the MIT Design Lab for Smart Mobilities. All this said, I'm still learning, craving, and figuring out how to blend the fine arts and music discipline into design more to solve large global problems...when I say large, I mean to make a lasting impact that makes you feel good...feel proud you did this for the world, something that my future self will thank me for.
I've worked for Sony Electronics, Siemens Medical, Design Continuum, and several start-ups. Currently I'm the User Experience Director for litl.com which in short is a start-up in Boston with over 100 offices worldwide with many sister brands... yes, it's an interesting setup....hopefully rethinking the home computing experience, kids gaming education systems, healthier foods, making past photos relevant again, and several other ideas that we hope to share with the world.
I played the violin for 15+ years, enjoy frisbee tossing and tennis, craves great food and restaurant experiences, and loves to discuss ideas...especially ideas worth sharing and discussing. I also co-organized TEDxCambridge in May of 2010, themed "How do you eat?". Currently I'm personally trying to figure out How to get strangers to talk more in public spaces to solve large problems, starting a brand on functional fashion, and dig into the history in Why are buttons on men and womens shirts on the opposite sides which have lead me to when did society realize we were right hand dominant...the history is quite fascinating.
I'm an introvert, that becomes an extrovert with like minded people open to new ideas, cultures, and understandings. I can't quite say who I am because I am constantly asking myself this...I am just curious me...but I know my life is in Design.
Food, people, design, the world, music, creativity, education, sustainability, ideas, discussions!
An owner at a bagel shop gave me a break since I was short of change to buy what I needed. I said I'd pay him back the next time, but he said instead, just pass the favor on to someone else that needs a break. Just pass the Favor on. Just because someone didn't do something for you, doesn't mean you cant do something for them. The world is full of people giving favors... so next time you see someone in need, think about how many times someone has helped you out.
What your trying to learn, solve this year? What's your celebration food? Where do you want to travel and why?
Making kale chips...(olive oil, sea salt, 300 degrees, 20 mins, yum!)
I first experienced TED in 2003 in Monterey CA. My life changes every year I go. I want to leave whatever I am doing after discovering a larger more meaningful story almost each and every time. I pass on the stories and life changing talks to all of my friends. My TED story is that TED has shaped the last 10 years in my life, and soon I'll have a story, an idea, and perhaps a talk to share that is worth sharing....though I try to do this every time I meet people anywhere I go. My TED stories are the talks I've absorbed and echoed to thousands, the people and cultures I've learned and passed on for discussion, and the intimate conversations I've had with people outside of my world to better understand myself an others...
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