Senior Director of Business and Economic Development
Brooklyn, New York (United States)
From April 23 to April 30, 2019
Ms. Huey-Min Chuang currently works in strategic policy and program development for small businesses, Minority and/ or Women owned enterprises, disaster relief initiatives and overall state economic development projects. She has won numerous professional and international leadership awards for her work in community development and education reform. Ms. Chuang is a 2012 Crain’s New York 40 under 40 Star, a distinguished Public Service Young Leader and the International Scholar to Taiwan in 2013, a 2014 American-Swiss Foundation Young Leader, a 2016 U.S.-Spain Council Young Leader, a 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholar Finalist, a 2017 Top Ten Outstanding Global Young Person, and a 2017 Charter School Public Service Leader for Educational Reforms awardee among many other awards.
Writing non-fiction has been a way for me to process what I see and don’t understand across circumstances and diverging cultures. The act of etching letters onto paper holds space for my existence. For a long time, I mostly wrote in codes and in secret to keep me and my family safe. However, I grew up strong reading personal essays, memoirs, and biographies of others whose words inspired me. I learned that writing is not only powerful in connecting two strangers who may feel like the most alienated and forgotten in the world, but also a gift that begs to be shared. That is why I write.
At Faber I would like to work on my coming of age memoir that spans three countries: Taiwan, Argentina, and the United States. The project is entitled: “Lumi – Milu (Illuminated in Spanish – Lost in Chinese): A labyrinth”. The story is told through the lenses of a protagonist young girl (8-18 years old), who is navigating through the awe and shock of people, circumstances, and surroundings. It is a battle for survival, discovery, and ultimately self-love.