one night, i found myself at dinner with four first generation kids with nontraditional careers, and what followed was an enlightening conversation on what it means to be a first gen kid in a creative field. during that dinner, we touched on the struggles and hardships we've endured as children of immigrants who didn't choose a prescribed career path, but forged our own.
the conversation was indeed a rarity—and as soon as i realized how exceptional it was for me, i knew there were other kids who needed that moment of realization too. so in april 2018, i expanded on that dialogue by hosting a space at soho house chicago for us to speak on our experiences, at the intersection of culture, career, and creativity.
while this panel consisted of only first gen kids, i have since further extended it to include all young people of the diaspora who are involved in a creative pursuit. future conversations will be live, in-depth, one-on-one interviews at soho house chicago.