Frances is an artist, writer, and technologist. They are a native Texan, and moved to Seattle from Austin in the fall of 2014. They are a second generation Asian American (Taiwanese and Cantonese), and proudly identifies as queer and gender non-binary. Frances has most recently been employed in the tech industry, and they have observed from both ends the rising antagonism between transplant tech workers and the queer and communities of color they continue to displace. They are interested in building empathy between these actors, fighting against white male supremacy, and finding sustainable ways to redistribute capital through skills and cultural education. They also hope to gain through this program a broader, more nuanced understanding of the origins of our current sociopolitical landscape, and how to compassionately engage with anyone on the complex topics of power and oppression.
In their free time, Frances enjoys lounging on the shores of Lake Washington, reading women of color writers, learning how to cook Chinese food, drawing comics, and venturing into new art mediums.
Research Interests: Technology Culture, Queer Theory, Post-Capitalism. Portfolio Advisor: Jed Murr.
Academic Background: University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, minor in Psychology; Bloc, Inc; Certificate in UX/UI Design