I work with creative arts & media, technology, games, community cultural development, and education to explore ideas around community, identity, liminality, belonging, and social justice. I come from a long line of migrants, never neatly fit any one demographic and subculture, and being Othered or Foreign is now near-first-nature to me - it drives my life's work.
I'm highly skilled and passionate at building bridges and connections across cultures and demographics, adapting to quickly-changing circumstances, taking initiative, working with new media and technology, researching resources and networks, and producing in multiple creative and media forms. I'm a life-long writer, a strident activist for rights to self-determination and personal choice, and have built a reputation for creating challenging, catalyzing creative & community work that deals with race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. Currently I'm very interested in exploring the ways that arts, media, performance, games, and other mediums can be used to convey and support experiences of transience and flux while also building empathy and understanding for experiences and stories outside one's own.
I have worked and am working with a wide range of organisations and causes in the US, Australia, Malaysia, and worldwide, including Freeplay, Lesbians Incorporated, Autostraddle, DiGRA, Global Fund for Women, SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, SOMArts, Slutwalk, Center for Sex and Culture, 4zzzfm, Vulcana Women's Circus, and many more. I hold an MFA in Creative Inquiry from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where I also was part of the Center for Writing and Scholarship Fellowship (for pedagogy and practical experience in college-level academic tutoring), as well as a Bachelors in Creative Industries (Creative Industries Management, Creative & Professional Writing) from Queensland University of Technology, where I was a recipient of a Student Leadership Award in 2007. I also earned a High Distinction in Harvard Business School's HBX CORe program and was part of the pilot class for HBX Live Managing Your Career. I am currently a member of Double Union and the fembot collective.
I'm not terribly fond of the question "Where are you from?", as I find any possible answer to be deeply insufficient. Since so many people dispute my answer anyway I have been tempted to take on the approach of groundbreaking Victorian-era performance artist and writer Adah Isaacs Menken by changing my story every time. (Add in other identity axes such as gender, sexuality, or politics and there’s enough material for multiple novels.) That said, I am currently based in Melbourne, Australia and am open to opportunities here or elsewhere.