“I am very proud of the volunteer work I’ve done for Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate. Violence against our AAPI community is an issue that is close to my heart and my passion for food runs deep.”
What is your role at Sidley, and how long have you been with the firm?
I am a Marketing Programs Coordinator in the D.C. office, and have been supporting Sidley’s industry networks and alumni program since January 2020.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do at the firm?
While supporting the life sciences industry networks, I enjoy the opportunity to work with our international lawyers on a daily basis to help execute successful events for participants from around the world. As an alumni team member, I enjoy connecting with our alumni, hearing all about their life or career updates, and helping to maintain relationships with them since they are our best organic Sidley brand ambassadors. I’ve also appreciated the chance to collaborate with internal groups such as the mTeam Committee, the D&I Marketing Task Force, and Living Well Champions.
Are you involved in organizations outside the firm? If so, which ones?
In pre-pandemic times, I volunteered with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a non-profit trauma-informed weekly program that partners with homeless shelters in D.C. to create safe play spaces for the children who live there. More recently, I’ve been volunteering with the Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate dinner series, a collective of AAPI and ally chefs raising awareness and funds to stop AAPI hate through unique dining or takeout experiences. The series has since expanded from D.C. to New York City, San Francisco, and Detroit, which has been wonderful to see.
Of the external organizations you are involved with, what work are you most proud of and why?
I am very proud of the volunteer work I’ve done for Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate. Violence against our AAPI community is an issue that is close to my heart and my passion for food runs deep, so it’s been really rewarding to spend my extra time contributing to this cause.
When you reflect on your AAPI heritage, what makes you smile?
THE FOOD. It’s how my Chinese family shows love — by overfeeding me constantly or asking me “Have you eaten yet?” Then preparing a massive meal even if the answer to that question is “Yes.” In Chinese culture, it’s also common for multiple generations to live within one household, and I’m lucky to have spent so much time with my grandparents while growing up. Added bonus: learning how to speak Mandarin fluently from the family who surrounded me! Continuing to educate those around me about the AAPI community and its many cultures also brings me joy.
What do you do for fun? Is there a hobby or other personal interest that would surprise people to learn about you?
It will come as no surprise to anyone that I love to cook and eat. I also love playing music (mostly piano, but I’ve dabbled with violin, flute, and cello), boxing, running, travel, and fawning over my corgi pup, Titus.
Everybody has a walk-up song. What’s yours?
Guap by Korean-American DJ and producer Yaeji, who is based in Queens, NY, where I spent part of my childhood.