Hi there—I’m Stephen Suen, a 20-year-old internet researcher and interaction designer from Hong Kong now based in Cambridge, MA. I’m currently in my second year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I’m majoring in Comparative Media Studies, exploring new forms of storytelling at the confluence of design, code, and the social sciences.
Starting this year, I will be the editor for the interactive graphics department of The Tech—MIT’s student newspaper—spearheading its foray into the field of data-driven journalism. In December, our team helped put together a special issue that investigated and visualized the sources and effects of pressure at MIT.
Last summer, I was as an intern with the Youth & Media Lab at Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Previously, I have worked as a research assistant at the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab. I also serve as webmaster and contributor to 21CB, a blog about Asian politics and pop culture (currently on hiatus).
So far, my work has largely focused on participatory culture and content creation, whether it be through civic media, remix and fandom, or internet culture at large. But my academic career has only just begun—I’m still unsure of who I am and who I want to be. This blog happens to be another step in figuring that out. Read on! →