Senior Leadership Team
FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Natasha is a multi-disciplinary creative, community builder, and public speaker. She has a background in marketing, broadcast television, live event production and education. In 2021, she was named a finalist in BC Business Magazine’s Women of the Year Awards as a finalist in the Community Builder category. She has also been recognized by Deloitte Canada, Chinese Womens’ Association of Canada and the City of Richmond as a Top 30 Under 30. In 2019, Natasha delivered a TEDx talk about navigating cultural expectations in a cup of tea and why she started Cold Tea Collective.
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Samson Chan is a Vancouver-based storyteller, lawyer, and digital space enthusiast. He has a multidisciplinary background in public health, business, law, technology and non-profit. Born in Hong Kong but raised in Vancouver, he appreciates and embraces the cultural duality and the impact of diversity. He believes in community building and cultural education and empowerment and is passionate to do so through personal stories via digital media and technology. He contributes through Cold Tea Collective and his involvement with start-ups and diversity-focused organizations.
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Nicholas Chan is an entrepreneurial, strategic and results driven leader focused on growing businesses and bringing ideas to life that make positive cultural impacts to society. Born in Hong Kong but raised in Sydney Australia, he has spent the last near decade in Hong Kong in regional leadership roles for internationally renowned media companies in lifestyle, luxury, and marketing industries. He is Cold Tea’s strategic advisor, consulting on commercial, content and audience growth.
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Ayoung Kim is a Korean Canadian residing in Seoul. She has experience with event coordination in intercultural non-for-profits and as a current English graduate student believes in the power of language. Her passion for stories that resonate drew her to Cold Tea Collective to diversify the ‘canon’ of Asian diaspora narratives. 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. You can often find her traversing the city streets, forest paths or simply curled up behind a good book.
Zeph Wong is an aspiring storyteller and photographer based in Vancouver, who moonlights as a big data analytics operations professional during the day. Passionate about leadership, cultural identity, mental health and martial arts, you’ll find him either nose-deep in whatever he’s currently nerding out on or behind the camera, jaunting about the city trying to capture life’s little moments.
EDITOR & SOCIAL EDITOR
Jacqueline is a product manager and content creator based in New York. She has a soft spot for finding good stories anywhere – whether it’s working at tech startups on the path to success, watching suspenseful Korean dramas that go against cliches, or pulling an all-nighter immersed in a new book. She is devoted to helping share stories of the Asian American community and experience through Cold Tea Collective. When she’s not chasing after her cat babies, or her human one, you can find her immersed in a new DIY project or playing video games.
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 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 partner and dog.
Cecilia Huang is based in Vancouver and is a seasoned Cold Tea writer. She currently works in donor relations and is a new mom.
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.
STAFF WRITER & SOCIAL FEATURES WRITER
Alicia is a second-generation Chinese Canadian based in Toronto. She is a data-driven marketer who is passionate about storytelling and creating content. When she’s not working, she spends her time staying active, reading, indulging in all things matcha, and adding to her extensive list of places to eat around the city.
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.
PROJECT MANAGER, FUNDRAISING & SPECIAL EVENTS
Tiffany Fong is a passionate project planner who enjoys bringing ideas to life. She currently works as a project coordinator at Freelancer.com, bringing crowdsourcing to U.S Government agencies such as NASA. 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 lookout 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 short films and as well as a documentary.
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 oversees Sageus Strategy + Digital — a marketing and communications agency specialized in bridging the Chinese and English communities.
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