I was born and raised in Honolulu, third or fourth generation Chinese-American, depending on which side of the family you count from. My father was a physician and my mother, as was standard for her generation, a homemaker. I attended Punahou School and then went onto Harvard, which was quite a culture shock for me. Discovered as a teenager that I was in love with writing when one day I was banging furiously away at my manual typewriter and looked up and saw that three hours had gone by, yet it seemed as if no time had elapsed. That's when I knew that I had found something that could make time stop.
As a late teen and early 20-something, like nearly everyone at that age, I was less nuanced in my understanding and approach to things. But then, in retrospect, it's in the nature of our maturation process that we should think of ourselves as more invincible both physically and intellectually at that age than we will (be) later on. Came of age at a time when the world was in tremendous turmoil and it shaped my political perceptions profoundly.
Spent a year or more as a journalist and a photographer (carrying on from my days at the Harvard Crimson) and then, based on an article that I wrote about water rights in Hawaii for the now defunct for some time, Hawaii Observer (a weekly, where I was an Associate Editor and Photographer), was offered and took a job as a research consultant/analyst at the University of Hawaii Water Resources Research Center. As you might imagine, water rights are a highly contested matter in the islands and my article got used for a while at least in the UH law school. Discovered while a research consultant that there were definitely certain parameters that one wasn't supposed to cross, even in the name of upholding and pursuing facts.
I spent a number of years doing various other jobs, including Lecturer in the UH Ethnic Studies Program, cashier, waiter, and other working class jobs. What's a Harvard graduate doing working class jobs? I learned some very important lessons from those jobs that I couldn't get from books. I also worked for many years as a paralegal and rediscovered how much I liked legal argumentation.
I am currently a sociology professor, a previously published poet, a frequent essayist online and elsewhere, and a Steering Committee member of the World Can't Wait.
Writing, politics (in the broadest meaning of the term), running, tennis, basketball, poetry, art.
World Can't Wait, Occupy, War Criminals Watch, Doctors without Borders, Wikileaks, We Are Not Your Soldiers
© 2014 Red Room Omnimedia Corporation. All rights reserved.