I was first introduced to Ken (from Here There Studio) at the Rain City Chronicles storytelling night. He lives up to his alias, “the overly friendly concierge” when he seen running around making sure everyone and everything is reaching it’s full potential. I saw Ken in his element when collaborating with the city’s cultural purveyors at the “Yin Yeung Express” event where Hong Kong cafe food and storytelling came together under one roof. Ken comes from humble beginnings, and has the familiar story of never saying no to following his true calling.
“We should find ways to empower people or give them the license to be able to take risks, and own their lives…” ~ Ken Tsui
What does passion mean to you? Passion is pretty interesting because I think it means that you are constantly changing. I don’t really feel that passion stays in one place for very long. It’s that initial burst of energy that you get, and if the passion is strong enough, things start to happen.
What is your most significant and meaningful passion in life? I think that for me, it’s constantly changing. I think my passion is to have the freedom to do what you want, answer the questions you want to answer, and ask the questions you want to ask. Right now the main focus is pushing my own and other peoples expectations, this is the sweet spot that I found that has kept me interested.
By what means are you currently fulfilling this passion? Opening a multi disciplinary studio has been the only way for me to be able to explore this passion. Challenging peoples perspective on what is possible for an experience and demonstrating that things don't always have to be binary. From something that you can eat, to something you can experience, to something you can hold in your hand.
What was it that intrigued you about this passion? I came from a pretty poor family background, didn’t have a lot of friends growing up because of language barriers. Something that really interested me is making something out of nothing, which is about learning. And being uncomfortable; when you stop being uncomfortable and you become comfortable, this is achievement, and it’s when you know you need to move on to something else.
What thoughts or emotion does your passion evoke from others? Creating an opportunity to have fun together is key to what we do. At events, parties or land marks, you remember you met someone there or you felt a certain feeling there. I really want to create that feeling for other people.
How has your passion changed over time? I really like the idea that I don't know what I’m going to do, cause I think that is always a concern that people think they don't know what they want to do because they don't fall into specific category. But I don't think that’s necessarily true, there is an option to be way more fluid.
Any recommendations? People feel as though once they start doing something they have to feel committed to doing it and be successful right away, that’s not the case. You just gotta do it, and reach out to people who can help you to do it. Even if its small scale. I started cooking for other people for no money just to do it, to answer some personal questions. I think that’s really it.
You just have to realize that some of these things may not be successful, but you have to do them to really know whether or not they are going to be. And doing things for yourself and not for other people to begin with is not selfish, but essential to really see if it’s what you really want to do.
Passion comes into it, it’s that urgency that if you don't act, it becomes to precious and gets stuck upstairs. Stuck in a jar on the shelf, “one day I’m going to do that.” Just saying that I need to do this now, even if it’s something I am working on at night, that it gets done. The longer you wait, the more expectations you have that this thing will be the answer to your questions or problems.
“You give up a lot and give it to somebody else, and it’s some beautiful thing that somebody might not even know” ~ Ken Tsui
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