It was shocking, but at the same time this is New York.This is the New York City that I grew up in, and I love it. I was part of the volleyball club and I played handball a lot, outside of school. So, I didn’t have friends until elementary school, which was when I started engaging with other human beings. Yeah, my parents were definitely very strict when I was growing up. I would go to all these prep classes and if I ever got a low grade I would get punished at home. Math was also always a really difficult subject for me. My parents would always go to every parent teacher conference and ask about my grades. So, you can’t expect it to be all that great [laughs]. There was one summer when I watched every movie that came out. S 26 and sometimes we would go to that junior high school by Francis Lewis, [JHS216 George J.] Ryan. I didn’t really have friends either and I was an only child. So I guess that has a lot to do with the fact that I mainly hang out with more of an Asian crowd. Actually because of the area I grew up in, I mainly grew up with a lot of Asian people.Real estate is also growing, which is better for New York City as a whole, but as a Queens’s native I also see the things going on in Brooklyn that I don’t like. It’s like the New York people not from New York have made up. I am a very positive person and I try not to hate on things, but I personally wouldn’t want to live there because then it is too much creativity.
But when people order products, I definitely send them out. It was closer, rent was cheap, and dorming was too expensive. I mean in many ways I can appreciate what’s going on there.
[Since this interview, the UNDO Ordinary Magazine has been added to her Etsy shop, which she heads the design and art direction of] Yeah, I hate Brooklyn. I think it’s great that the community is getting better and that there is a lot of cool, creative stuff happening.
When you are in Queens, you just hang out with the same Queens crowd all the time. I would go to the Fresh Meadows Movie Theater all the time.
I would say that with my career, it’s helped me expand more. Burger King, Macy’s, Main Street, we did a lot of that.
I was actually right on 43rd Avenue and 166th Street right by Northern Boulevard and Kissena Park. I was serving in Church a lot and I still practice Christianity today. I was always going to Chinese school and math prep. So it was extremely stressful and high pressure all the time. Yeah, so they definitely raised me very Asian style. I’m very comfortable and very productive actually [laughs] like it’s not a challenge for me at all. So, it’s not a big money maker, and I don’t think about it all too much.
My parents took me to church when I was in junior high school so I made a lot of friends through that. Even if I didn’t want to show them a test score they would find out. It’s just a way for my fans to connect with my work.