For our March Member of the Month, we interviewed superstar member Cheechee Lin! Read on to learn more about her.

Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies, etc.

Hi TAP-NY! I’m Cheechee, new(ish) resident of NYC. I was born in California, but spent my formative years in Taipei with my grandparents, so Taiwan is near and dear to my heart. Most recently, I was in the Bay Area before moving to NYC last year. 

I’m currently a designer at Instagram, working on all things camera and video editing. It’s a fun gig, and allows me to tap into my creative side while also letting me build cool product with a bunch of lovely humans.

I’m somewhat of a serial hobbyist— I tend to pick up an obsession and go deep on it for a few years at a time. Previous endeavors have included (budget) backpacking through 30 something countries, making pottery, pole dancing and other fitness things, and I’m currently on my yoga phase (just finished in person teacher training recently)! 

Why did you join TAP? What are your favorite events?

When I first moved to NYC, I really missed home. I Googled “Taiwanese people in NYC” and this was the first result I came across. That week, I showed up to a happy hour and a picnic, met some cool people (shoutout to Julie, former TAP president, who took me under her wing), and the rest is history 🙂 I love meeting new people and building community, and TAP has allowed me to really feel connected in a transient city. 

Tell us something cool that happened to you this past year.

I started practicing yoga more consistently after I started teacher training, and now I have some weird balance and flexibility party tricks up my sleeve . That aside, I’ve truly found the yoga community super inspiring and am always amazed at what the human body is capable of with consistent practice. 

If we wanted to hang out, where would we find you?

I’m most likely at a workout / yoga class, walking my dog along the west side highway, or trying out a new activity or taste testing Asian food. I love new experiences, and NY has no shortage of that! 

What’s your advice for newer members who want to get more involved?

Come out to some events! Dinner series has been one of my favorite ways to meet members in a more low key setting— definitely sign up if you can make it!