May 22, 1981
PLACE OF BIRTH
Hong Kong, China
1999-2001 Simon Fraser University, Engineering Science Candidate, Engineering Physics
2002-Present Simon Fraser University, Applied Science, Interactive Arts
WHAT I LEARNED
- The most valuable bit I grasped from the Italy field school experience doesn’t seem to be any specifics of Italian Design, but a general realization that with any relevant, influential, and meaningful subject matter, a methodology of design or otherwise, a complex and multifarious world of intertwining ideas, values, and beliefs exists underneath. And with like-minded peers, a bit of direction, stubborn dedication, and some fine wine and good company, any such profoundly complicated world can be studied, deconstructed, and understood.
CAREER GOALS & INTERESTS
After the Italy field school, my interest towards Italian Design and even Industrial Design in general has grown. Before daring to pursue work in Italian Design someday, I’m currently occupied by my present interest in Motion Graphics on the subject of film titling, commercial work, and creatively new interactive interfaces. Also, my goal is to one day have my own profile webpage under the “Interviews” section.
- A favorite and treasured moment from Italy is when we found ourselves immersed and often talking about Italy and Italian Design even during our off-study gatherings. From time to time, we discuss, mope, and laugh about how blending in and seeking the Italian pleasures may deem impossible (we are majority Orientals), not aware that with a dozen bottles of wine, some Vin Santo, three different dishes of olives, grated Pecorino on everything, a four course homemade Italian meal, and of course, a group affectionately labeling itself “Italia famiglia” chatting aimlessly, we might be closer than we think.
- “If you need to discovery something, a new combination or to find out something never seen, you need to use not only the rational side of your capacity, thinking capacity, but also the emotional, also the experience of your memory, the far memory, using all human capacity,” Isao Hosoe explains as he reminds us that design remains an art even with its often structured methods and thus, a connection to the human emotions and conditions can not be ignored.