Judy Chen

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Judy Chen is a freelance writer and graphic designer. She writes about culture, design, and work. Prior to her freelance journey, she worked in tech sales in the beautiful Bay Area and received her degree in Anthropology.


“Now I Walk My Own”: Kao Chia-yu’s Path, Part 2

Judy Chen

Kao Chia-yu frames her rise as that of a self-made actor against established forces. The story begins in her college years. This is the second part of a three-part essay on Kao and the world that made her.


“Princess in the Attic”: Kao Chia-yu’s Path

Judy Chen

Kao Chia-yu, one of Taiwan’s highest profile political leaders, is a constant subject of sensationalist media attention. What hasn’t been explored in depth is her background, values, and how she came to her position. This is the first part of a three part essay on Kao and the world that made her.


Michelle Wu Becomes Boston’s First Asian American Mayor in Historic Election

Judy Chen

A combination of big picture changes in Boston along with personal talent have propelled Michelle Wu to the mayor’s office.


Lost Dreams of FamilyMart

Judy Chen

Convenience stores were once a path to Taiwan’s middle class and a sign of economic transition to a service economy. But today a budding filmmaker’s experience working at FamilyMart reflects a stagnancy that haunts a generation.


Coming Home to a Place I’ve Never Lived

Judy Chen

On being grounded not in the dead wood of the doorframe but the rich soil of earth.


How a Student Movement Gave Birth to Postcards of Taiwan’s Past

Judy Chen

The postcards of Little Grass Art Academy, on the surface tributes to an older, colonial, or authoritarian Taiwan, can be traced to a radical student movement.


Running at Bihu

Judy Chen

Running in circles, and always ending up at the same place.


For “Subtle Taiwanese Traits,” Seeing Taiwan Anew Starts Within the Community

Judy Chen

Arising from disillusionment with the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group, Subtle Taiwanese Traits has been a fertile and sometimes contentious ground for defining what it means to be Taiwanese today.


Runners Gear up for the Taipei Marathon Amid Covid-19

Judy Chen

Runners are finding solace training during a pandemic, and are humbled and excited to race on Sunday.


What Can We Learn From Taiwan’s Quarantine Experience?

Judy Chen

A study from Academia Sinica adds to our understanding of the psychological burdens of quarantine.

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