This gallery is dedicated to my mom, Gloria Chui. Gloria is an amazing woman... she grew up in Taiwan and studied in one of the most competitive schools before coming here and studying biochemistry at UC Berkeley. She went on to finish her post-doctoral training at Stanford University.
I owe my parents for making me the person I am today. I really respect my mother because unlike many Chinese parents, she never once made me feel like I *owed* her success. It's a good way of parenting because I feel motivated by myself, rather than external forces, to get the job done.
I have never felt anything but unconditional love from my mother... she is always there for me, no matter what.
Even though she cares, she has always given me plenty of space to breathe and do my own thing, for which I am eternally grateful... I think it has really helped me learn to be more independent and make my own decisions.
Gloria is the mother of three sons... she never did get the girl she was hoping for.
I feel that of her three sons, I was the biggest victim of my mom's daughter-grief. As such, my childhood is poxxed by photos like the one pictured to the right, where I am just old enough to comprehend that I ought not be wearing a daffy duck dress with a pink undershirt. Notice the pained expression on my face.
Sometimes I like to think that perhaps my photographic abilities stem from my tragic photographic past, and my undying will to avenge the wrongdoings wrought upon me at that tender age.
Finally, my mom is my #1 sponsor in photography. It is an expensive hobby and her contributions cannot be understated.
Thank you for everything Mom,