• All About a Boy

    On March 3, 1978, in the only hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I was born into this world kicking and screaming, and my parents often remind me that I haven't changed much since. I choose to take that as a compliment. My kicking and screaming isn't a vulgar retaliation against the injustices of this world that have caused me great suffering and misfortune, for I've lived a truly blessed life. Wonderful parents, wonderful siblings, wonderful friends. I even had a wonderful dog once, but he ran away. And I've had my fair share of wonderful experiences. My kicking and screaming is a celebration of life, a manifestation of the joy I feel for being alive. It's a manic urge to express myself through a number of mediums in loud, bright colors that say "Thank you God for blessing me with so much!" Not to say that I don't paint gloomier themes in darker colors sometimes, as manic urges are just one part of an alternating cycle of highs and lows. I'm sure a graph of my life would alternate erratically back and forth across that central axis that represents "normality", but I can say truthfully that I'm happy the curves of my life have never become lines, especially ones that rest flat on that central axis. I plan to go on kicking and screaming when I can, and when I can't, in those periods of self-reflection and soul-searching that I sometimes desperately crave, I hope to learn how to kick harder and scream louder. Not to lash out, but to be heard. Not to hurt, but to help. To change. And to create.

    That's my deepest desire, my one true driving energy. To create. And a tortuous, sometimes agonizing path it has been to discovering how best to create. It's a path I'll most likely spend my entire life stumbling down, discovering new outlets for my creative urges as I go. I see a lot of Vincent van Gogh in me. Not that I'll ever have his talent (although he'd be the first to argue that talent can be a very subjective thing), or necessarily find that one medium of expression to so faithfully, and painfully, pursue, but I feel that same feverish drive to create at times, and I've seen how it can lead me to both great joy and misery, often simultaneously. And to think I was once an aspiring engineer. Oh, the roads we travel in life. Never knowing the way because we never know the final destination.

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2006 – 2007 Beijing Film Academy (北京电影学院)
Student in Cinematography Department
 – Fully funded by FLAS scholarship

Beijing, China
Summer 2006 Korea University (고려대학교)
Korean Language Student

Seoul, Korea
2003 – 2006 University of Hawaii
M.A. Asian Studies
– GPA – 3.98
– Fully funded by East West Center degree fellowship
– Center for Chinese Studies Student Excellence Award recipient

Honolulu, Hawaii
Fall 2004 Sichuan University (四川大学)
Advanced Mandarin Student
– Achieved Level 7 on HSK Proficiency Test
– Master of Ceremonies for End of the Year Party
– Guest Lecturer in Anthropology Department
– Served as judge for Chinese TV show

Chengdu, China
1996 – 2002 Rice University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, B.A. Asian Studies
– GPA: Cumulative – 3.69, Engineering – 3.83
– Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
– Golden Key National Honor Society
– President’s Honor Roll (four semesters)
– Jay Hubert Study Abroad Scholarship founded in my honor
– Rice University Fellows Program participant

Houston, Texas
Summer 2001 Chengchi National University (政治大学)
Intermediate Mandarin Student

Taipei, Taiwan
2000 – 2001 Chinese University of Hong Kong (香港中文大学)
Beginning and Intermediate Cantonese Student
– Fully funded by Rice University Wagoner Scholarship

Hong Kong
Summer 1999 Chengchi National University (政治大学)
Beginning Mandarin Student

Taipei, Taiwan
1997-1998 Kyushu University (九州大学)
Japan in Today’s World (JTW) Exchange Student
– Fully funded by AIEJ scholarship
– Completed year-long independent research project on the Internet in Japan

Fukuoka, Japan

I’ve worked for a long list of clients including Apple, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Peugeot, Intel, MINI, Lenovo, China Unicom, Dell, Mercedes-Benz, Mastercard, and Standard Chartered Bank.  For a more complete list of projects I’ve worked on, please have a gander at my LinkedIn page.

  • Attained Level 7 on HSK Chinese Language Proficiency Test (汉语水平考试)
  • Fluent speaking, listening, reading level
  • Advanced writing level

  • Passed Level 1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験)
  • Fluent speaking, listening, reading level
  • Advanced writing level

  • Intermediate speaking and listening level
  • Advanced reading and writing level

  • Intermediate speaking, reading, writing, and listening level