- Tell us about your business/company or hustle. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
I am the founder of Unconventional Asians, an online platform that promotes self-development for Asians. The content is presented with a twist. I use myself as the experiment to feature other wellness experts in the community to expose the authentic process of inner work, challenging the Asian standards of engineered perfection.
We also share inspiring stories of unconventional Asians who have forged their own paths to show us what’s possible. Vulnerability creates more connection and relatability with the community. This also becomes a win-win-win situation, where myself, the guest and the audience get value at the end of our interaction.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you got started and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like.
Through my own unconventional background and upbringing, I didn’t feel like I belonged in any community or can be defined by any title. Precisely because of that, I was able to break through some of the stereotypes that are limiting a lot of the Asian narratives.
I joined the Canadian military, solo travelled to many countries, learned about financial independence, found contentment after a divorce, and did a lot of adventurous activities that are deemed very outside-the-box for an Asian girl. There were countless lessons that I’ve learned since then, and knew that we have so much untapped potential. We just need to get through those limiting beliefs. That requires inner work.
Since the pandemic, there are a lot of emotional/mental struggles that we have to deal with. And I felt like there is an opportunity to share my stories, along with many other unconventional Asians who have forged their own paths. I engage the content in a way that shows the authentic process, and share vulnerably so that the audience can get to experience the behind the scenes process of self-development, and confirm that our struggles are real, and we are not alone
What specific obstacles or challenges have you faced while on your journey? What were they and how have you overcome them?
1) Navigating between divorced parents and being their meditator. This created an unhealthy codependent dynamic which was later healed by communication and empathy towards my parents’ struggles and my own internal work of figuring out the root of my patterns.
2) Overcoming an eating disorder and poor body image. I stopped identifying my worth to how I look.
3) Rediscovering myself after divorce. Being content with who I am and have since travelled to 40 countries, and opened my mind to many perspectives, cultures, narratives and possibilities.
4) Figuring out personal finance. I was completely uneducated in this topic in the past, relying on my ex husband for his knowledge, but have since found that it’s not as complicated as it made out to be, and feel a lot more empowered to take care of myself and my future.
5) I am now in transition from going from corporate (flight attendant) to entrepreneurship (Unconventional Asians) and navigating and learning everything from scratch with zero experience or skill sets related to building a business.
What quality or characteristic of yours do you feel is most important to you as an entrepreneur? Why?
Vulnerability. I believe that genuine connections are built through authenticity. People buy from people. It’s time to take off our masks. I think at the end of the day, we all just want love and connections. Money will be a byproduct when we come from a place of adding value and giving back.
How has AHN contributed to your journey? Who have you met along the way? What problems has AHN helped solve for you?
AHN has really helped me share my story with the rest of the Asian community. I have since met a lot of like-minded individuals who are passionate about making a difference. And together we are creating more content for my community.
It has also brought in a lot of amazing members who are interested in healing together.
I can’t be more thankful for AHN for providing this platform for entrepreneurs to share their stories to inspire world change.