Hey there!

I’m a niche researcher, Google Map-maker, and quality fanatic.

I’ve slowly transitioned out of the traditional 9-5 work life to create the ideal, sustainable, lifestyle I want. I travel, meet inspiring people, read lots of books, walk around, take buses, ponder life, and write.

I write about the small, important things that other people haven’t covered yet. Check out my maps of Niche Tokyo.

My short bio:

I’m a Vancouver-born, Chinese-Canadian project-starter, freelancer, and writer. I previously worked in the innovation space and grown initiatives in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Some of the organisations I’ve contributed to are TEDxYouth@HongKong as a founding team member, SOW Asia, LearnLab China (光合空間) to create accelerator programs in Hong Kong and China, LaunchPilots (領創派) and MakerBay (工匠灣), Hong Kong’s first makerspace.

I am an avid reader and history enthusiast, heavily influenced by post-colonial theory. I highly appreciate aesthetics, attention to detail, and technical aptitude in any field of pursuit. I love brewing tea and waking up to a fresh early morning. My preferred modes of transport are cycling and taking trains.

I am also the map-maker for Niche Tokyo.

My longer bio: 

Athena is a Vancouver-born, Chinese-Canadian project-starter, freelancer, and writer. She has worked with organisations like SOW Asia, where she developed one of Hong Kong’s first accelerator programs, i2i, which has received funding since its initial pilot. She has also worked with LearnLab China (光合空間) to create China’s first education accelerator program focusing on scaling education solutions with real impact in communities of need. She has also worked with social startups like LaunchPilots (領創派) for a fixed period while it expanded from Hong Kong to other Chinese markets, and MakerBay (工匠灣), Hong Kong’s first makerspace.

She has founded community projects in Canada, and conferences in Hong Kong, and supports initiatives that support entrepreneurship and innovation. She has also judged regional Asian social entrepreneurship events and presented at academic conferences.

Related to her previous experience, she seeks out local innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, policy makers, artists and makers to create knowledge exchanges. She also helps new startups develop their products and businesses. This includes product development, business development, building an online presence, and community building. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts specialising in East Asian Studies and English Literature from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, a Masters of Social Science in Media Management from Hong Kong Baptist University, and a Masters of Science in Population and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a thesis on the long-term development effects of weather seasonalities in South Asia.

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History as a community organiser

Believing strongly in being part of the solution to problems that she cares about, Athena volunteers her time to work with individuals and communities who are creating positive social and environmental change. She initiated Project OUTPost, a grassroots anonymous community art project that received postcard submissions from around the world in 3 short months to produce a solo exhibition in the University of Toronto’s Hart House and as part of Pride Toronto 2011’s Artwherk Exhibition. She also organised industry events for the international development sector while studying in the LSE. In 2010, she co-founded TEDxYouth@HongKong, which has since gone on to set records as Hong Kong’s largest TEDx event, only fully bilingual TEDx conference.

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4 responses to “About

  1. hi athena, thanks for your travel blog on shikoku henro. i am currently preparing my 3rd trip intending to complete the round, your blog is so much fun to read and so helpful.

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    • Hi Oliver,

      Thank you for the kind message! Where are you starting from for your last trip? Matsumoto? When did you take the previous ones? I think it’s been snowing quite a bit, so be careful and take care!

      Also, best wishes for 2017!


  2. HI Athena,
    I’ve been reading your Shikoku henro blog and appreciating it. I’m preparing to start in late June (middle of summer). All other websites and online discussions refer to this as the worst time. I see that this is when you went. Is the weather as bad as they say?


    • Haha, yes it is. Rains a lot, then it’s super hot. But each to their own. It was tough, but I didn’t mind it. Too hot to sleep some times. Bring lots of mosquito incense…. That was what got to me most. Also bring a poncho so your belongings don’t get soaked. I also liked that there weren’t many people, but the flip side is places close for summer. That I wrote about in my Kagawa stretch.


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