A Peripatetic Life

“I was born in Korea and moved to Shanghai when I was seven. My dad was starting a business there. I was there until middle school. Then my family went on vacation to L.A. We loved it so much we decided not come back home from vacation. So we ended up staying there for 3 to 4 years. We had to come back because things were tough during the Asian financial crisis. This was a huge shift, especially for a teenager. I didn’t think I’d fit back into the typical Korean school system. So I decided to test out of high school, move to Japan, learn Japanese and attend fashion school. I worked in the fashion industry here for a little bit. (My family is in the fashion business.)

“After that, I went back to the States and got a degree in Economics. Today I work for Deutsche Bank as a trader for Japanese equities. I’ve been doing this for two and a half years. It’s been good. There’s a lot of learning. Obviously it’s a really tough industry to be in, lots of learning curves, and you really have to know what’s going on around you.

“I like trying new things and gaining new experiences. I like traveling and part of the reason is you’re constantly learning different cultures and languages.

“I have technical and quantitative sides but I also have a creative side and sometimes I do need to express it. That’s why I travel and meet people outside my culture.”

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Sampling a healthy organic juice blend at posh Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi


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