Growing up as a effeminate Taiwanese man, I've experienced constant rejections of my identity. I know what it's like to be misunderstood and erased. As an actor, I want to bring to life and share the stories of people who have been forgotten. I think my acting manifesto is best described by Jerzy Grotowski, in a quote recorded in Stephen Wangh's An Acrobat of the Heart: A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski: "My job is not to make political declarations but to make holes in the wall. I must solve the problems of liberty and tyranny in practical ways - that means that my activity must leave traces, examples of liberty." At first, I thought I fell in love with acting because it allowed me to escape. By hiding in the imaginary world, I got to run away from the oppression that I was experiencing and express myself without judgement. But I have come to realize that what I fell in love with was not the opportunity to escape but rather the opportunity to engage. Having been inspired by theatre myself, I understand the empowerment that story-telling can create. I don't want future generations of minorities to have to endure what I've endured. To feel like they don't exist because they cannot see themselves represented on stage or in the media. Or, to feel silenced because they don’t have a space to proclaim their experiences. I need to acclaim and confirm, visibly and openly, untold stories, so that people can see that these experiences of humanity exist and are valid.