Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian
Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community.
This week’s featured member is @ducks-smoke-quack.
Who are you?
Hello! I am Karl, a 22 year old Taiwanese Canadian.
Where are you from?
I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, where I spent the first ten years of my life. Then my whole family moved to Vancouver when in 2004.
What do you do?
Currently a student studying Marketing Communications at BCIT.
I also enjoy volunteering at many different places 😀
What are you passionate about?
What am I really passionate about? Spreading love.
In my spare time, I volunteer in youth education. During one particular field trip, I took my kids to a McDonald’s for lunch. On our way in, we walked past a homeless man who was sitting outside in the bitter cold. His requests for us to spare him some change went largely ignored as we filed in to fill our empty stomachs.
After my kids finally settled down and were happily munching away on their lunches, I went and bought my own food but instead of buying one meal, I bought two: one for myself and another for the the man sitting outside.
The kids watched awestruck as a seemingly normal and respectable person shared a meal with a homeless man who, by the definition of everyone’s parents, were supposedly the lazy degenerates of society.
When I returned back to the table, the kids and I had a lengthy conversation about my actions, why to withhold judgement on others, and the importance of being compassionate and empathetic. Although they weren’t given the opportunity to learn these concepts at home or in school, many of these ideas were foreign to them which they seemed eager to learn more about.
By doing what I do, I hope to pass on some of my beliefs to the next generation. Although not everyone shares my beliefs and I’m by no means a perfect person, I have yet to see some things like mindfulness and compassion ever hurt anyone. I truly believe that we have “succeeded” as people if when we leave this world, we left it a little better than when we first found it.
What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?
Ideally, one day I’d like to get into video creation/production. This ties back to the previous question – I feel that the best way to spread love and influence people is through videos.
So I guess something like BuzzFeed but more philanthropy focused.
If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?
I would change it so that orange Cheetos can’t become the ruler of the most powerful country in the world.