As the youngest Word Nerd, I was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in small-town Chester, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond. There, I grew up as one of only two Chinese-American boys in my schools (the other one was widely believed to be my younger brother even though I had no younger brother and the kid had a different last name). Between Brooklyn and Chester, I had passed a couple of pleasant formative years catching frogs in Mineral Wells, Texas and learning to draw, read and write in Wayne, New Jersey.
By the time I enrolled in college at the University of Virginia, I had rejected my parents’ dreams for me to become a doctor and eventually succeed my father, a pediatrician. Instead, I chose to major in both Classics (fancy for “Latin”) and English Language and Literature, two of the least commercial academic fields known to mankind.
After earning my BA, I stayed in Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia School of Law. Despite quickly realizing I had no zeal for the practice of law, I completed law school. The highlight of this period was serving as a humor columnist and movie reviewer for the Virginia Law Weekly.
After graduation, I took the bar to get my license (just in case) but began working in management consulting. I toiled away in obscurity for “the man” for nearly two years until, unable to stand it any longer, I changed careers to become a teacher. Now, I am putting my Classics degree (if not my law degree) to good use, teaching Latin at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia.
Besides podcasting with the Shepherds, I love film, travel and photography. My travels include Taiwan, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. My “top-five” favorite films are Rear Window; The Graduate; Cinema Paradiso; In the Mood for Love; and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
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