Chai is a marketing communications lead that fell into the art world while studying in graduate school. Chai was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He lived in South Africa and France before he settled in Chicago. His global experiences gave him the opportunity to work with artists from all over the world that put him in front of some of the most incredible pieces of art. “When a piece of art is off the gallery wall, unframed and naked in a room, the connection to the artist's intent feels oddly different.”
What do you wake up thinking about?
When the alarm goes off and I'm in that "half awake/half asleep" state of mind...the first thing that pops in my head is a vision of my outfit for the day. I know that sounds strange. But, I'm a firm believer that clothing does make the man, and the right outfit will make or break your outlook towards life throughout the day.
What's your morning ritual?
My first alarm goes off around 5:30am. I crawl out of bed to fetch coffee, then back to bed a bit more to savor my cup o' joe while checking e-mail and the news on my phone. By 6:15am I've had made my bed, and begin the process of pulling and ironing my clothes for the day. Then followed by shower, shave, brush, and a second cup of coffee while dressing (I'm all about multi-tasking)—I'm out the door by 7:30am.
How does social media play into your daily life?
Here's the ironic thing: my parents are more in tuned with social media than I am. They stalk me on Facebook! I see social media as a complement to my personal life, and not a necessity. I use it to give my network a "peek" or a "tease" into what's making me tick at the moment. It's not my style to use it as a soap box. I'm also a very visual person, so my Instagram account has become an unofficial travelogue for me. I use it to preserve memories.
Are we more connected or disconnected than before?
I think it all depends on the person using it, the social media format, and what you want to get out of it. I have friends and family all over the world, so in many ways social media has indeed made communications easier than ever before. But a lot of the dating social media apps (Tinder, Grindr, OK Cupid, etc)—intended to bring people closer—has probably had the reverse effect for many. Those apps drive the hunger for attention, and if one doesn't receive enough of it, s/he might feel more disconnected from the rest of society and begin to question self worth.
What is most important to you in life?
Stability. Some people might perceive me as not being ambitious or adventurous, but I don't take change very well, and that's okay with me. I don't need to be engaged with 100 different things in my life—if I can master three things and do them well, I'll be be forever content.