I have deeply loved documentaries all of my life. Even when I was young, the only shows I wanted to watch on TV were National Geographic or Discovery Channel. I became acutely aware of the influence documentaries can have on people after watching “Last Train Home,” a documentary about the plight of migrant workers in China. It inspired me to start exploring the medium myself, and I have since worked on projects related to issues of identity, diaspora, and giving voice to those who often aren’t given the chance to speak.
The summer after my freshman year of college, I taught English in a small city in China with a diverse group of 10 other Princeton students. Some were African American, some were Asian Americans who'd grown up in the US, others were Asians who'd grown up in Asia and moved to the US later in their lives, and another was albino. Some saw the experience through the lens of a native Chinese speaker, while others had never been to China before. In this short film, I explore how different parts of our identity affected our day-to-day experiences, especially when we were abroad for such a short period of time and our interactions with those around us were heavily influenced by how we were perceived by others.
Princeton University celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in April 2017. As part of the month's celebrations, I collaborated on a video series with the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding with the support of 1080princeton. The videos explore Princeton students' experiences grappling with their Asian Pacific American identities, challenges they faced growing up, and questions they continue to ponder during their time at Princeton and beyond.
Opened in 1865 and affectionately known as "The Dinky," the Princeton branch of New Jersey Transit is currently the shortest scheduled commuter rail line in the United States. The ride is approximately 5 minutes in each direction and is one of the primary ways by which Princeton students escape the "Orange Bubble" to New York, Philadelphia, and beyond.