Hello! My name is Lee-Sean.

I was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and I grew up mostly in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. I graduated with a BA in Government from Harvard University in 2003. I lived in Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Programme from 2003-2006. I moved to New York City in August 2006.

In this blog I will talk about my experiences, thoughts, travels, etc.

more about me

  • Education
  • Harvard University, Bachelors of Arts in Government cum laude
  • Øresund Summer University at Lunds Universitet Department of Law, Master’s level summer course in Human Rights
  • University of Barcelona, Diploma in Spanish Studies
  • Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Intensive course in French language
  • JET Programme Correspondence Course, Advanced Japanese Language and Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy
  • Music
  • I play piano, keyboard and cello (classically trained, but I seldom play classical anymore)
  • I also occasionally write my own songs
  • I have performed both solo and in bands/orchestras of all kinds, from high school orchestra to a playing in the band at church to playing in rock bands and even a latin band.
  • I took two classes in electronic music production in university, and I have experience recording tracks with my former band.


  • Travel
  • I have travelled all across Europe, Asia and the Americas
  • I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain for one year during university studying Spanish and Catalan language and literature
  • I studied French language and culture in Paris for 2 summers
  • I also spent a summer in Lund, Sweden studying human rights
  • Cooking
  • I enjoy all kinds of food, but especially hot, spicy food
  • I worked for a year (part-time) flipping burgers, frying french fries, mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers and making milkshakes
  • I have organized cooking lessons and demonstrations for my students
  • I have thrown countless dinner parties for my friends and family
  • Languages
  • English (Native Proficiency)
  • Mandarin Chinese (Native Oral Proficiency, Intermediate Literacy)
  • Japanese (Advanced Proficiency)
  • Spanish (Advanced Proficiency)
  • French (High-Intermediate Proficiency)
  • Swedish (Intermediate Proficiency)
  • Catalan (Reading Knowledge, Oral Comprehension)
  • Portuguese (Reading Knowledge, Oral Comprehension)
  • Taiwanese (Oral Comprehension)


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