SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Natasha Jung is the Founder, Executive Producer, and Editor in Chief of Cold Tea Collective, which was created on the basis of passion for creating community and positive impact through authentic storytelling. She is an accomplished marketing communications professional, having worked for B2B and B2C brands, as a producer and host for television, video and live events, as well as a career consultant for youth and young professionals. Natasha’s track record of building community has been recognized by organizations such as Deloitte Canada, Chinese Womens’ Association of Canada, City of Richmond, and was recognized as a Top 30 Under 30. In. 2021, Natasha was recognized as a Community Builder in BC Business Magazine’s Women of the Year Awards.
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Samson Chan is a Vancouver-based storyteller, lawyer, and digital space enthusiast. He is passionate and curious in bridging culture, digital media, technology, law and people to bring interesting stories and ideas to life. He does so through Cold Tea Collective and his involvements with start-ups and diversity-focused organizations.
Tim Lam is an Editorial Advisor and former Editor-in-Chief for Cold Tea Collective. He believes everyone has a story worth telling and wants to be the first to hear yours. It’s what has driven his interest in media and writing since his early days as an intrepid high school reporter. Today, it’s what brought him to Cold Tea Collective and to his day job in digital marketing with an ad agency. Tim is also an SFU RADIUS Fellow and is passionate about social change at the intersection of community building, digital media, civic engagement, and belonging.
Hosea Cheung is an Editorial Advisor (and former Editor-in-Chief) for Cold Tea Collective. With a life-long passion for storytelling, Hosea worked as a journalist and editor for a Canadian media outlet before spending time in Beijing, China, as an English multimedia editor for a national publication. Based now in Vancouver, he co-founded Spotlight West Communications — a public relations agency specialized in bridging the Chinese and English communities.
EDITOR & NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Alex Wong is based in Vancouver and has a background in English Literature. As an avid reader and budding storyteller, he has a particular interest in themes of identity, culture clash, and language. In his free time, you can find Alex searching for his next favourite cafe, learning a new language, or starting a new read.
Ayoung Kim is a second year English graduate who throws herself into reading for pleasure and enlightenment, occasionally dabbling in writing of various forms. Harboring an indiscriminate passionate for stories that resonate, she vociferously consumes content across mediums, always on the lookout for recommendations and people who will receive hers. Despite all odds, she hopes to one day make a life out of the noble art of literature, but is also acutely aware deep down, that she may have to start learning how to code.
Zeph Wong is an aspiring storyteller and photographer based in Vancouver, who moonlights as a people, culture and leadership development professional in the social impact world during the day. Passionate about cultural identity, mental health and martial arts, Zeph can often be found nose-deep in whatever he’s currently nerding out on, or behind the camera jaunting about the city. Find him on Instagram @zeph.wong.photography.
EDITOR & SOCIAL EDITOR
Jacqueline is a content creator and cat mom based in New York. She has a soft spot for tech startups, volleyball, Korean dramas, and anything related to the streaming media landscape. In her free time, you can find her playing video games or immersed in a new DIY project.
Kris is a second-generation Korean-Canadian residing in Vancouver, B.C. Kris has worked in marketing, event coordination, and operations across several not-for-profits in the Lower Mainland, and is currently a dragon boat coach of two years. He is passionate about cultural identity, underground music, and Korean culture and diaspora. If not writing and editing, Kris enjoys making reading nonfiction, making Spotify playlists, or getting onto the water to paddle.
May Au is a business lawyer, philomath, and story-addict who seeks to approach life with wonder, connection and a critical mind. May has always been captivated by stories. As a young child, she would be the first to get lost in a book, a movie, a drama, a song, for hours upon hours, often forgetting about the normal life activities of sleeping, eating and homework. Now, as a more responsible adult, May tries to limit her reading, movie, music or drama marathons to evenings and weekends only – with varying degrees of success. As an editor of Cold Tea Collective, May feels privileged to have the opportunity to participate in the sharing of stories that inspire individuals to connect, engage in meaningful dialogue, build relationships, and be the best versions of themselves.
Ashley Chong is based in Chicago and claims home at Peoria, Montreal, and Iowa City. She writes words and music to digest life. She spends a lot of time thinking about cultural identity, Korean pop culture, and languages. Most likely to be found scribbling in her bullet journal, listening to music, or wandering a city.
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Calvin is a storyteller with a soft spot for listening to people talk about the moments that shaped their lives. He is a professional writer with career roots that began in daily journalism covering crime, politics and culture. When he’s not writing or reading, he is exploring the world through the lens of a camera. In the prepandemic days, he regularly camped and hiked along the California coast where he lives with his girlfriend and dog.
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Cecilia Huang is based in Vancouver and is a seasoned Cold Tea writer. She currently works in donor relations and is a new mom.
Kayla is a Chinese-Canadian journalism student, freelance writer, and K-pop enthusiast who splits her time between Vancouver and Toronto. She enjoys writing on social issues and is interested in data and interactive journalism. In her free time, she enjoys hiking up mountains, playing copious amounts of ultimate frisbee, and finding new breweries to hit up.
Lalaine is a Filipina student journalist whose work focuses on intimate storytelling and intersectionality. Hailing from Vancouver, she currently studies political science and sociology. When Lalaine’s not writing, she indulges in her passion for photography and visual storytelling, capturing humans and their connection to their community.
Alicia is a Toronto-based communications professional and she is passionate about storytelling and creating content. When she’s not working, she can be found at a local coffee shop drinking a cortado at 6PM, indulging in all things matcha, or adding to her extensive list of places to eat around the city. Find her on Instagram @alicia.cheung.
Vivian Dang is based in Vancouver. She loves storytelling and is currently a writer for Medium’s “P.S. I Love You” publication. When she’s not working, she sits for PADS service dogs-in-training and researches the hottest brunch places to dine. On weekends, you can find her scrolling through her favourite golden retriever IG accounts.
Dylan Cobankiat is a first generation Filipino-Chinese immigrant to Canada, moving from Manila to Vancouver in 2012. He is currently doing his undergrad, and working for the Collegia program at the University of British Columbia. When he is not studying or working, he spends his free time with his family and friends, trying to finish the Silmarillion, and making Spotify playlists. Follow Dylan on Instagram @dylancobankiat.
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
After too much fanfiction and one too many metaphor writing exercises, Jasmine Wu learned how a person’s life could be impacted by well-crafted story. Leading to a quiet obsession with writing and storytelling. Influenced by the Chinese idiom雞同鴨講,like a chicken talking to a duck, Jasmine hopes to bridge that gap between the duck and the chicken’s to allow for each to hear their unique stories.Jasmine’s past roles includes being a club president for UBC Literature Etc. and volunteering for the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival (TWFF). In the meantime, you can find her at various cafes throughout Vancouver either reading or fulfilling a love for desserts of all kind.
WEE NIE THAM
Wee Nie is a self-professed geography nerd who adores travelling and reading about cities. She works as a product manager and has had previous experience in consulting, marketing, and journalism in Canada, the UK and Malaysia. Wee Nie’s interests are constantly evolving – at the moment, they include learning Go, picking up Python, and making the perfect mug of matcha or hojicha latte.
Rafael is a passionate brand, digital marketing and eCommerce professional who recently moved (back) to Vancouver with experience in consumer packaged goods, Saas and retail industries. He is a purpose-driven leader who empowers teams, individuals and partners to create remarkable experiences. As Strategic Advisor, Rafael supports the growth of Cold Tea Collective in collaboration with the senior leadership team.
Tiffany Fong is a passionate event planner who enjoys bringing creative ideas to life. Figuring out logistics, connecting with vendors and fighting fires on event days are all things that brings excitement to her. She currently works as an Events Assistant at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, planning more than 100 events annually for the business community. Aside from work, Tiffany loves to travel. Her goal is to visit 30 countries by the time she is 30 (currently been to 18!) and she also lived in Sweden for 6 months during her undergrad. Tiffany also loves food! She is constantly on the look out for new restaurants, if you have any good recommendations, let her know!
PODCAST EDITOR & ASSC. PRODUCER (MONTREAL)
Andy is the audiophile of the team. His background in podcast production and electro-acoustics brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cold Tea Collective team, in particular for the Pearls of Wisdom Podcast. His sound knowledge gives him experience ranging from sound effects, to post production audio and music production. He recently worked with a music artist from NYC to produce an album related to mental health in the Asian community.
Christopher is a filmmaker that has worked on numerous projects such media work, corporate and narrative work. He ventured into filmmaking because he always saw in a story in everything, and moving pictures has become his outlet. Recently, he has worked on video projects with Novus TV, Beedie, BlueShore Financial, BlueSky Properties, and Kingswood Properties. Some of the current projects Christopher is working on are short films and as well as a documentary.
Jonathan Chan is a portrait and event photographer based in Vancouver, BC. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Jon served as the primary photographer for Trifecta Sound Co (http://trifectasound.co), an artist collective based in Saskatoon, SK. His work can be found on Instagram (@athirdtime) and on his portfolio page (www.athirdtime.com). Aside from creative interests, Jon is currently pursuing his Masters in Data Science at the University of British Columbia. In his spare time, Jon enjoys working out, cooking, and overanalyzing episodes of Terrace House. Jon’s favourite authors include Haruki Murakami, Brené Brown, and Andrew Solomon.
Natriya Chuna is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Natriya is a first generation Thai-American and a strong social activist in the Asian-American community. In between, she loves traveling to new countries and working in the music entertainment industry in LA. Check out her Spotify (@natisnotonfire or Natriya Chuna) or find her on Instagram @natriyac.
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