Patois, Soon Come is a personal essay I wrote for LooseLeaf Magazine Volume 4. This issue focused on food as “a way for us to make place and community for ourselves.” In the essay, I examine my relationship to food growing up as a person of Chinese-Jamaican descent and recount my first dining experience at Patois Toronto, a hybrid Asian-Caribbean restaurant created by Chef Craig Wong. Below is a short excerpt.
Everything I learned from the University of Waterloo
The leaves haven’t changed colour yet, so I didn’t see fall creeping up behind me until we were on the precipice of Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for, 6 months out of a university degree that I loved I have a good job in the field I wanted. But as I scroll through my social media I see the photos of friends just behind me and just ahead of me in the career game and it’s made me very worried. I’m not sure I’ve done enough.
I had the honour of speaking as the morning Valedictorian for the 2016 graduating class from the University of Waterloo Faculty of Arts. You can watch my address above at the 23:22 mark.
A small excerpt of my speech was featured on the Faculty of Arts page and I’ve reproduced some more of my speech below.
The Performative of Branding is a work term report I wrote for the Department of English at the University of Waterloo as part of their co-op program. The purpose of the report was to connect my studies to my experiences during my internship at the Union Pearson Express during its launch. In this paper, I explore how J. L. Austin’s theory for the performative can be compared to branding, and how brands take on a life beyond words and images when executed well. I was awarded the Outstanding Work Term Report Award for Winter 2015, in the Senior category for this work.
Here is an excerpt from the report: