I sometimes reflect on the consequences of growing up broke, the decisions that kids have to make to secure a future for their families, and the dreams and art they give up in doing so. I have met these kids and I know them because they are me in tech, film, or politics.
I initially approached this film with intense trepidation, bracing myself for potential jokes that would come at the expense of ridiculing Asian culture as opposed to celebrating it. I cannot count how many situations I have been in where I would cringe at various Asian American artists or performances depicting Asian Americans.
There is a day in the Munchery office that I will always hold dear in my heart: it was the moment when Conrad Chu, one of our cofounders, invited his parents to tour our office here in SF. I suddenly heard an exchange of Cantonese flying around as his parents marveled at the office shindigs and the efforts of what their son built.
This is a quick tip for everyone out there setting up an APNS certificate: you can verify the validity of your APNS certificate locally in your terminal before uploading them to platforms like Amazon SNS or Iterable. Sharing this because I tend to forget this little trick that makes setting up APNS certificates painless.
I am writing this piece as a way to celebrate two years at my first job out of college. It has been a positive experience transitioning from college to professional life, albeit with some inevitable ups and downs, but that should be a guarantee. Nevertheless, below are seven nuggets of knowledge and wisdom I have acquired in my first two years in Silicon Valley.