I am formally trained as a scientist in experimental psychology. During my training, I became active in the Open Access community - a community that advocates for information to be freely and immediately available online to the public. Now, I work for the Right to Research Coalition to help organize a global conference and community focused on advancing Open called OpenCon. I am interested and invested in ways we can shift the focus of Open movements to be more inclusive and meaningfully diverse. I also coordinate digital literacy programming for teen girls with Ladies Learning Code.
I co-founded, design, and currently write for Intersectional Analyst, an investigative blog that deconstructs social issues through infographics and data visualizations. My latest piece on food, race, and power has been covered by media outlets such as Munchies (Vice), CBC, Food52, and Knowable. I am also collaborating on a series of infographics for Briarpatch Magazine. I continue to seek out collaborations for data and design-driven stories; please get in touch if you are interested in working together.
As a writer, I explore themes around the Chinese-Canadian experience, family, and growing up. I write about intergenerational grief and loneliness. I recently completed my first comic book zine, 'Sometimes love is quiet, sometimes it's not there at all' with support from a residency for Asian-Canadian artists in Toronto. My personal essays have appeared in the Globe and Mail and Human Parts, and my poetry has appeared in Ricepaper Magazine.
In 2015-2016, I worked as a social innovation Studio [Y] Fellow at the MaRS Discovery District.
Looking to collaborate on projects related to storytelling, intersectional feminism, data, design, equity, or open science? Say hi: lorrainechuen(at)gmail.com.