ITASA Midwest Conference 2015: Plot Twist

April 4th, 2015

dawen itasa keynote
Very excited to be returning to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to deliver today’s keynote: Plot Twist. ITASA, you guys have been there for me ever since my days as an indie musician. To be able to return to the UIUC campus and speak to you today is an honor.

Happy Year of the Goat 新年快樂!

February 18th, 2015

洋洋的意!三陽開泰!新年快樂,恭喜發財!!!My favorite Chinglish New Year’s greeting. The Chinese character sounds a lot like the word “young” in English, thus, the silly pun. 10991350_10152620257787019_483143550133438621_n

Roller Coasterrrr! 雲霄飛車~呃呃呃~

February 7th, 2015

It’s here! My new MV “Roller Coaster”! Since my debut last year, life has been an amazing adventure with ups and downs. When I returned from Malaysia in September, I sat down with my ukulele and wrote this tune. 我的新MV出來了!出道已經一年了,覺得每一天是一種冒險。生活多不平凡來試看看!

新單曲「雲霄飛車」MV預告片 Roller Coaster TEASER!

February 4th, 2015

#TBT – Sweet Pea 甜豆/鹿鹿

February 3rd, 2015

這是我哥哥George的狗Sweet Pea, 甜豆。2008年在我剛從芝加哥搬到洛杉磯時我還對狗很陌生。講實話我本來就不喜歡任何的寵物。我嫌牠們又髒又臭,完全不了解為什麼人會喜歡這種動物甚至照顧牠們,養牠們。我到現在還記得我小時後送報紙就常常被鄰居的狗追來追去。十歲的我就很怕被狗咬傷。

等到我認識了甜豆之後我就改變了態度。甜豆第一天因為對我不熟悉也不敢離我太近,看到我還會哇哇叫。第二天早上牠來到我房間在床旁邊躺下來。 我從那個時刻就開始喜歡甜豆。



#tbt This is my brother’s dog, Sweet Pea. When I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2008 is when I first got to know her. Truth be told, up until then, I didn’t like dogs. I thought they were dirty, I thought they smelled. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to have one, or any pet for that matter. It might have something to do with being a paperboy as a kid, and being chased a lot by the neighbor’s dog. In any case, ten year old me was terrified of them and I carried my dislike of animals into adulthood.

Sweet Pea didn’t warm up to me right away, either. But on the second day, she came into my room and sat next to my bed and just chilled there. From that point, I decided we’d be great friends.

I really do believe that Sweet Pea is the best dog in the world. I know, I know, that’s what every person says about his or her dog, but Sweet Pea is not my dog. My brother is the one who rescued her and trained her, not me. But I’ve come to realize that Sweet Pea, and many dogs in general have the ability to embody the best qualities of people. So in such a crummy world, when we watch the news and see people doing destructive things to each other, it’s comforting to then take a look at Sweet Pea and be reminded that people can be kind as well.

One day I noticed that when Sweet Pea sleeps, she curls her entire body up into a ball, and looks very much like a deer. That day, I gave her another name, “Lulu”. (Deer Deer, in Mandarin). Whether you say Sweet Pea, or Lulu, she will respond to it. But even that doesn’t matter. In my mind, she’s just the world’s best dog.