May 13, 2019

Last Friday, I had to say goodbye to the kids that I have been teaching for the past year and a half. I didn't know it would be so difficult. Here's what I planned to say and what happened. The day before, another teacher shared with me that when he had to share someth...

May 6, 2019

It has been almost 20 years since I graduated from Scripps College! I remember that the commencement speaker said that in our lifetime, different from our parents who have the same job for 20-30 years, we would have multiple careers. The prediction cannot be more corre...

September 14, 2018

Whatever rejections I face in the outside world, may it be a difficulty in finding work or getting people to like my illustrations, the kids make up for it more than enough. For example, the kids always want to be the one who gets to keep my artwork. In their eyes, it...

September 6, 2018

I was pretending to be a professor today and gave a lecture to the second graders. Actually I just told them a story. I miss going to school as a student, but today, I got to reminisce the time when I went to college, which is fairly recent. 

We were draw...

February 17, 2018

Some days I feel like giving in. I don't mind the work: Driving to and from Downtown LA in heavy traffic; staying up late to prepare class sets of kits for students to make artwork. I love that stuff. What gets me is when the students don't listen to me. I used to thin...

January 27, 2018

Some people think I shouldn't be going back to teaching. When I came to ArtCenter, like many others, I wanted to be this whole new persona, to switch career paths, etc. But sometimes, one has to embrace his/her background, to make something new/different.  Mine was tea...

April 3, 2017

Nowadays, a lot of focus is being placed on testing. Since creativity cannot be measured or quantified by any exams, the subject often gets dismissed. Art and music are often the first programs to be omitted when schools run out of money. Even though creativity cannot...

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