I was born in Maryland, but grew up in the Midwest to Taiwanese immigrant parents. At the University of Chicago, I earned my B.A. in English Language & Literature, focusing on postcolonial and transnational narratives, while simultaneously becoming more involved in international work and community development, teaching English in an aboriginal community in Taiwan, in South Side Chicago, and at an international school in India. After college, I worked for the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence, then developed educational and cultural programs in Malaysia on a Fulbright Grant. I discovered my passion for financial technology (fintech) when I began working for a consumer lending start-up in Austin, where I founded the company’s financial literacy programs, partnered with the FDIC’s Alliance for Economic Inclusion to advocate for low-income, multicultural communities, and helped organize a citywide “Money Smart Week.” Most recently, I worked for a technology start-up in Shanghai, where I learned more about the vast complexities of Asia’s underlying values and systems. With my MA in Global Thought, I hope to work at the intersection of business, technology, and international affairs, helping under-served groups take part in the financial innovation happening around the world.
I will be studying global attitudes toward money and the rise of fintech companies around the world—with a special focus on the U.S. and Asia. I’m interested in examining how social, cultural, and geo-political factors may influence the types of fintech companies emerging, and vice versa, how fintech companies may be changing attitudes. On an even broader level, I want to explore how we can use fintech across borders and cultures to financially empower refugees, immigrants, and other transnational peoples.