Ice-breaker

Lai Jing Chu

Born in the late spring of 1988, British colonial Hong Kong.

75% Chinese, 25% Korean.

Speaks (in the order of proficiency) Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. (And understands a tiny bit of Korean)

Her three languages afford her three different personas.

Since 2007, sojourned in Manchester, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, and now in the Bay Area. Mostly a city girl but can't leave nature too long. file

Came to the Bay Area in 2017 to pursue a PhD in architectural history and theory, but has temporarily put it on hold to explore the larger world.

Exclusively listens to Canto- and Mandopop (in spite of its glaringly inferior quality) but only watches American/British movies, TV shows, and documentaries.

Firmly convicted that the unequal access to affordable, good quality education and the capitalist privatization of this public good is the culprit of democracy's downfall at a global scale.

Finds yoga to be a valid form of daily indoor work-out and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and rafting.

Finds joy in cooking, which she sees as a form of edible craft, however does not usually succeed in making any new dish at first attempt.

Not very good at driving.