When I was young, I wanted to be a lot of things: artist, writer, reporter, actress. I started blogging and building websites in ninth grade and really have not stopped since.
But I didn’t know any artists, writers, or actresses who looked like me, ate the foods I did, or had to go to Chinese school on the weekends. The closest thing I had to an Asian role model was Michelle Kwan at the ’98 Olympics, and there was no way I could ever be an Olympic figure skater. (Trust me. No amount of manifesting would make THAT a reality.) As for web design and blogging?
I didn’t even know those were career options.
I ended up studying science, then science education. From my first day of classroom teaching, I had doubts that this career was going to work for me. But I had just spent all this time getting my master’s degree.
What would I do, if I didn’t teach?
Cue three years of chronic, compulsive job-searching. I wound up working in real estate administration while trying to build a photography business on the side. After boomeranging back to teaching, getting married, and having a kid, I finally found myself getting paid to do what I’d always loved: writing and making shit on computers. I started looking for ways to diversify and scale my business.
Ya girl leveled up!
As I explored the freelance and online entrepreneurial space, though, I slowly realized something. None of the big names in this world looked like me. As usual. I wanted to support other Asian Americans, but all of the business resources I found were made by white people.
So I decided to make my own.
(This is a chronic life pattern of mine.)
I started writing about my own identity as an Asian American. Then I started thinking and talking about problems unique to Asian American entrepreneurs, from perpetual foreigner/imposter syndrome to the limiting beliefs we inherited from our immigrant parents.
I decided to start a podcast about the work lives of Asian Americans beyond the conventional doctor, lawyer, and engineer.
Finally, I decided to start creating courses and workshops to guide other unconventional Asian Americans toward fulfilling work lives.
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