About me~

Image description: On the left, an illustration of a Korean American genderfluid individual with slightly tan skin, smiling with teeth and tilting their head back with their eyes clothes, is pictured. They have long black hair tied up in a ponytail, piercings and dark eyebrows. They are wearing gold spectacles and a purple tank top with gold accents.

Hi y'all! I'm Jenny and I use they/them pronouns. Currently, I'm a graphics reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle! I am a recent graduate from UC Berkeley, where I majored in Public Health and minored in Journalism, Data Science and Global Poverty & Practice. My passions lie in art; disability justice; the prison-military industrial complex (and how academia plays a role in this); LGBTQIA+ identity and rights, AANHPI (Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander) justice; big tech, ethics and policy and the intersections of all of these topics.

Prior to working at The Chronicle, I interned at The Seattle Times as a graphics intern during Summer 2022 and the San Francisco Public Press during Summer 2021 as a data journalism intern, creating graphics and helping co-report/research stories related to health and housing. On campus, I did public health-specific reporting with and copy-edited for the Public Health Advocate, worked as a data journalist on the Daily Californian's Projects team and designed for The Rights Stuff (check out their Spring '20 issue - I designed the cover!) and Berkeley Political Review.

Outside of designing graphics or layouts, fiddling with D3 or reporting, I served as a student coordinator and web designer/developer for AAPIHRG, or the Asian American & Pacific Islander Health Research Group, mentoring students on their research projects on AAPI-related health issues. I engaged in human-centered design as a Health + Tech Fung Fellow, learning how to conduct user interviews and engage in rapid prototyping, feedback and iteration. I was a also former research assistant at the Human Rights Investigative Lab at the Human Rights Center, where I helped fact-check and collect data for various projects on health and human rights-related issues.

Click here to view my resume! And click here to see my full resume on LinkedIn.

Fun facts: I love learning languages - I can speak some Spanish and Korean, and I'm currently trying to learn ASL (American Sign Language). I'm also very interested in electronic music production and run a regularly updated Spotify playlist called slide into my E'DM's. Give it a listen and please reach out if you're also interested in EDM or if you think a song should be added/removed!

Browse my work!

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These charts track COVID in the Bay Area through wastewater data

Interactive

  ·  Featured · Published in The San Francisco Chronicle

The Chronicle is using wastewater surveillance to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Bay Area. Due to the scaling back of virus tracking efforts nationwide, scientists and public health experts — including those at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have turned to monitoring the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 particles found in wastewater at sewage treatment plants as a more dependable metric for community-level infection rates. This tracker pulls data daily and displays data on the most recent and historic levels of SARS-CoV-2 concentrations at 12 Bay Area wastewater plants using WastewaterSCAN's API.

Languages/Programs used: Python, Git, Amazon AWS (S3) server, ReactJS, D3

S.F. feces complaints rise again despite city spending millions on public toilets
Interactive

 · Published in The San Francisco Chronicle

Accompanying this piece on feces complaints steadily rising even with city-run public restroom programs is a map showing all publicly accessible restrooms throughout the city as of March 2024. Readers can filter by “type” of restroom (for instance, whether the restroom is within a BART train station) and filter ones that are wheelchair accessible, open 24 hours or staffed. They can also click on each point to see locations and hours and days that the restrooms are open. I compiled data from multiple sources, confirmed and revised information, including locations, availability and accessibility, with multiple public and private sources, developed the map and did background reporting.

Languages/Programs used: ReactJS, Google spreadsheets

Finding Korean comfort food in the Bay Area
Multimedia

 · Published in The San Francisco Chronicle

In this guide, the Chronicle's Korean American staffers share their favorite comfort foods — galbitang (갈비탕), soondaeguk (순대국), kimbap (김밥), tteokmanduguk (떡만두국) — and where to get them in the Bay Area. Each of us come from similar but different backgrounds, hometowns and connections to the land of our heritage. And we each have our own takes on the food that nurtures our souls. I contributed to a section of this guide, and illustrated and designed the whole project.

Languages/Programs/Tools used: ReactJS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Millions of trees have died in California forests. This map shows the hardest-hit areas
Multimedia

 · Published in The San Francisco Chronicle

In 2022, not counting wildfire deaths, over 36 million trees in California's national forests died. I dove into the main causes — drought stress, flooding, insect population increases and disease — and built this scrolly map that walks through the forests that have been hit the hardest.

Languages/Programs/Tools used: ReactJS, MapLibre, QGIS

S.F. must create 82,000 new homes in 8 years. The city is already behind
Multimedia

 · Published in The San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco has a mind-boggling challenge ahead: Approve 82,000 new homes by 2031. The mandate comes from California officials, who say they’re committed to improving the state’s crippling housing shortage. But can it be done? This multimedia piece, with a video scrolly and Datawrapper visualizations I developed alongside designer Daymond Gascon and with the reporting of J.D. Morris and J.K. Dineen, visually shows just how daunting this task will be.

Languages/Programs/Tools used: ReactJS, Datawrapper

As Restrictions Go Away, Long COVID Is Here To Stay
Multimedia

 · Published in The Public Health Advocate

Even as restrictions go away, long COVID is here to stay.

After over a year of lockdown, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted COVID-19 restrictions on June 15. With proof of vaccination, California residents are now allowed to engage in pre-pandemic activities such as indoor dining and concert-going without masks or social distancing.

For thousands of long haulers, however, the pandemic is far from over. Featuring experts such as Lisa McCorkell, one of the founding members of Patient-Led Research Collaborative; Dr. Bradley Sanville, a pulmonologist working at the Post COVID-19 Clinic at UC Davis; and Laura Stock, Director of the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley, this episode delves into what exactly long COVID, or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, entails and what research is being done and what this implies for the future of work and wellbeing.

Programs/Tools used: Adobe Premiere Pro, Audacity, Zoom H1n Handy Microphone, Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Billions of people still lack high-speed internet. This S.F. company is building satellites to change that.
Graphic

 · Published in The San Francisco Chronicle

As it turns out, beaming high-speed internet to the remote corners of Alaska from thousands of miles away in space starts with a brick of titanium in a San Francisco warehouse. In a vast complex where the U.S. once churned out World War II-era Liberty ships, Astranis is building satellites that it plans to send to orbit more than 22,000 miles above the Earth’s surface, with the first slated to be borne skyward aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral next year.

Languages/Programs used: Adobe Illustrator (static graphic)

High-Risk CA Residents May Be Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
Writing

 · Published in The Public Health Advocate

On February 11, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated their guidelines on allocating COVID-19 vaccines to include high-risk individuals. This revision in the vaccine rollout plan stem from immense pushback from disabled citizens and advocates after Governor Gavin Newsom announced on January 25 that California would be switching from a plan that prioritized both healthcare workers and “people at increased risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19” in Phase 1 to an age-based vaccination eligibility framework. The collective response from disabled communities and leaders was swift.

One month after Supreme Court’s Roe ruling, over half of states have banned or moved to limit abortions
Interactive

 · Published in The Seattle Times

One month after Supreme Court's Roe ruling, over half of states have banned or moved to limit abortions.

Languages/Programs used: jQuery/Javascript (interactivity to visualize readers' submissions on Roe v. Wade reversal)

Why King County mental health facilities decline 27% of referrals
Interactive

 · Published in The Seattle Times

In the King County area, E&Ts turned away about half of all referrals over the past two years due to medical reasons. Examples include dementia, CPAP machines, substance use, autism or a developmental disability, pregnancy, or a person with COVID-19.

Languages/Programs used: Leaflet (map), jQuery (interactivity), Adobe Illustrator (static graphic)

How schools in Seattle are being affected by dwindling enrollment
Interactive

 · Published in The Seattle Times

Seattle lost 3,238 students from the 2019-20 to 2021-22 school year. And in the fall SPS projects it will lose 812 more, dropping its total enrollment to 48,748 students. Public school enrollment has fallen throughout the state since the pandemic began, but it's not clear why Seattle numbers are so dismal.

Languages/Programs used: jQuery/Javascript (to create a responsive, filterable table)

Costco’s $1.50 hot dog deal has defied inflation. Fans say it isn’t what it used to be.
Graphic

 · Published in The Seattle Times

Fans of Costco’s hot dog combo can rest assured that the price won’t increase anytime soon, as CEO Craig Jelinek told CNBC on Monday. As food costs skyrocket and inflation hits record highs, even for wholesalers, Costco will hold steady on its iconic dog-and-drink deal. The combo has cost $1.50 since it first arrived in food courts in 1985, even though the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator says it’s worth more than $4 today.

Languages/Programs used: Google Sheets (data analysis), Adobe Illustrator (static graphic)

Once enslaved, this man helped build Tacoma; his great-granddaughter wants you to know him
Graphic

 · Published in The Seattle Times

John N. Conna fought his way out of enslavement to achieve political and business success in Washington state. His great-granddaughter wants you to know him.

Languages/Programs used: Adobe Illustrator & Esri

Removing Lower Snake River dams offers best chance for salmon recovery — at steep price, report says
Graphic

 · Published in The Seattle Times

If four Lower Snake River dams were breached to support salmon recovery, the energy, irrigation, recreation and other benefits they provide to the Pacific Northwest could be replaced for $10.3 billion to $27.2 billion, according to a draft report released Thursday by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Washington Gov.

Languages/Programs used: Adobe Illustrator

California Failed to Consistently Track Ride-Hailing Assault and Harassment Complaints
Interactive

 · Published in San Francisco Public Press

The agency responsible for regulating the ride-hailing industry in California has failed to collect consistent data on claims of assaults, threats and harassment on Uber and Lyft rides, a San Francisco Public Press investigation found.

Languages/Programs used: Google Sheets (data analysis), Datawrapper (visualization)

Rent Payments to SF Public Housing Agency Plunged in Last Two Years, Spurring Eviction Fears
Interactive

 · Published in San Francisco Public Press

Rent collections by San Francisco’s public housing agency fell precipitously in late 2019 and have continued to decline to less than half of what is owed, according to a San Francisco Public Press analysis — but the agency can’t explain why.

Along with creating the data visualization, I helped interview and gather quotes from sources. Languages/Programs used: Datawrapper (visualization)

Bay Area Traffic Congestion Returns
Interactive

 · Published in San Francisco Public Press

The morning and evening commute nearly disappeared in March 2020 as the Bay Area went into pandemic lockdown, and while travel on public transit continues to lag this summer, many people are getting behind the wheel to get to and from their jobs.

Languages/Programs used: Google Sheets (data analysis), Adobe Illustrator (vizualization)

Queer, Here, and Mistreated: LGBTQIA+ Disparities in Healthcare
Writing

 · Published in The Public Health Advocate

The fight for LGBTQIA+ acceptance has made major strides in recent years. The goal of health equity, however, has yet to be achieved, especially for many LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals living outside of UC Berkeley, other universities and even the United States.

How a Korean Movie Will Force You To Re-Evaluate Your Country's Views on Poverty
Writing

 · Unpublished

Parasite (noun): an organism that lives off of another host. In 기생충, or “Parasite,” the word itself represents many aspects of the characters and storyline, and the symbolism of its title is a significant contributor to the dual metaphorical-yet-concrete nature of Parasite. To a certain extent, Director Bong Joon Ho uses the metaphor of the parasite to convey the concrete, harsh reality of poverty. However, overdoing this analysis of the “parasite” metaphor to describe living in poverty would dehumanize individuals living at or below the poverty threshold. It also raises an uncomfortable question: Do we ourselves view individuals living at or below the poverty threshold as parasites?

The Cultural Whiplash of a Second-Generation Korean American
Writing

 · Published in Asian Voices Matter on Medium

A piece to unpack my childhood and, with it, my bitterness: the after-effect of the cultural whiplash. We were forced to blend in and acculturate with culturally-white Americans in the late 90s and 00s, only to suddenly be fetishized in the 2010s because we happened to come from the same background as people’s now-favorite idols.

Eyayu Genet's "Sugypia:" Water Activism and Uniting Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia Through Art
Writing

 · Published on InfoNile

(Bahir Dar, Ethiopia) “Sugypia,” an amalgamation of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, three neighboring countries served by the Nile, is one of many colorful pieces created by Eyayu, a prominent Ethiopian artist-activist born and raised on the banks of Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake and the source of the Blue Nile. An artist of national consciousness, Eyayu incorporates both the symbolism from these bodies of water and indigenous aesthetics into his paintings and collages. His art is characterized by contrasting themes like traditionality versus modernity and the organic versus the artificial, aiming to raise awareness of the culture of Lake Tana and the Blue Nile’s lakeside communities and the environmental issues they face.

The Health Issues of Southeast Asia's Long-Term Refugee Camps
Writing

 · Unpublished

In today’s political climate, with international conflict and persecution causing increased migration and displacement of civilians, the topics “refugees” and “refugee camps” are debated among politicians, world leaders and news anchors; advocated for by nonprofit organizations and discussed heatedly among citizens around the world. Who are some of the large groups of displaced refugees? Why are they residing in long-term camps? What health concerns are there? And, most importantly, how as students and citizens can we help?

Alternative Medicine: A Good Alternative to the Doctor?
Writing

 · Published in The Public Health Advocate

In the modern age of healthcare, even when new technology is being developed every day to cure and rid previously untreatable illnesses, populations around the world still utilize alternative and complementary medicine. What exactly is alternative medicine? What practices are there? Who practices CAM, and what are the consequences? Why should we care about alternative and complementary medicine?

[Contributed] Violence Against Health Care: Attacks During a Pandemic
Research

 · Published on StoryMaps ArcGIS

I contributed to fact-checking incidents of violence against healthcare workers in México that were cited in this overall report created in collaboration between the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley and Insecurity Insight. AP News also reported on this phenomenon based on this report.

Skills/Programs used: TweetDeck (open-source data collection on social media), fact-checking

Measuring Perceptions of Learning Disabilities in Korean and Korean Americans
Research

 · Self-published

I conducted a semester-long research project measuring the perceptions of learning disabilities and individuals with them among Korean and Korean Americans. This project was motivated by a personal, vested interest in Korean perspectives on disability and education and how they interrelate, since I myself am a member of the Korean diaspora. This project is meant not as a comprehensive study on perceptions but rather a start in preparation of diving deeper into the psychological and socioeconomic factors driving these perceptions. Presented a shortened version of this research presentation at Stanford's Listen to the Silence 2020 Conference.

Skills/Programs used: Creation and distribution of bilingual (English/한국어) mixed-methods survey (data collection), Google Sheets (exploratory data visualization and analysis), word analysis

Linguistic Diversity & Accessibility of Mental Health Services in Ventura County in relation to the Woolsey Fire
Research

 · Self-published

During the spring semester of 2020, I attempted to assess whether the Hill-Woolsey Fire specifically had an impact on Ventura County - a county that had endured multiple trauma-inducing events in a short period of time - from a linguistic lens by mapping all Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid) accepting mental health facilities listed by the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department from 2017, 2018 and 2020 and by analyzing Ventura County's needs assessment and long-term disaster recovery plan and identifying linguistic gaps.

Skills/Programs used: ArcGIS (data visualization), HTML, CSS & Bootstrap (web design)

COVID-19 CARES Act Allocations
Interactive

 · Self-published

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) was signed into law. Click on the link above to view an interactive bubble map visualizing the different amounts allocated to higher education institutions across California and read a little bit more about how these allocations were calculated.

Languages/Programs used: Google Sheets, Jupyter Notebook & Python (data scraping & cleaning), D3, Javascript, HTML & CSS (visualization)

Digital Sex Crime Statistics in Korea
Interactive

 · Self-published

몰카. Molka. It's an abbreviation for “mollae cameras (몰래 카메라),” otherwise known as “secret" or "hidden cameras," and describes the act of secretly filming mainly female-identifying victims in public and private areas such as bathrooms or love motels and releasing this illegal footage on the internet. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not a newly reported issue in Korea. Click on the link to read more, see where I got the data from and view charts on related crime statistics.

Languages/Programs used: Google Sheets (data scraping & cleaning), Charts.js, HTML, CSS & Bootstrap (visualization)

Mapping Newspapers in California
Interactive

 · Self-published

I wanted to see if there was a way I could scrape the Library of Congress’s “Chronicling America” database and visualize the distribution of recorded newspapers still operating today (labeled as “current” in the database) in California by county and by city/neighborhood. I wanted to see if there were certain geographic areas within California where there was a dearth of local daily or monthly news, online or in print. The data was cleaned using Google Sheets. Click on the link above to view and interact!

Languages/Programs used: Google Sheets (data scraping & cleaning) & Tableau (visualization)

Visualizing Census & Census-Related Data
Interactive

 · Self-published

These census-related visualizations were created as an independently-led project I did during the 2019 UC Berkeley Data Discovery Summer Program. That summer, the research cohort focused on developing ways to raise awareness about the importance of the decennial U.S. Census. I decided to create Tableau visualizations using the most recent census and census-related data at the time that showed users how they could look up different statistics related to SNAP - the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - and health insurance coverage as a way to gauge how the counties or states they lived in compared to the rest of the U.S. Click on the link above to view, interact and read more.

Languages/Programs used: Google Sheets (data scraping & cleaning) & Tableau (visualization)

Analyzing My EDM Playlist
Interactive

 · Self-published

Investigating the history of EDM (and its roots in European techno) and how big pioneers of the genre were Black queer artists or queer artists of color, I wondered how rich and diverse my own EDM listening taste was. Was I listening to a variety of artists from different backgrounds? Were the songs I had on repeat or the most songs I had on my EDM playlist from people of color (poc) or women/gender-nonconforming/nonbinary folks? Click the link above to follow a step-by-step tutorial on how I analyzed my own EDM playlist (and how you can too).

Languages/Programs used: Exportify, Google Sheets (data scraping, cleaning & visualization), Timeline.js (visualization), HTML, CSS & Bootstrap (visualization) & Canva (graphics)

How Healthcare Insurance Companies Benefit From the Pandemic
Multimedia/Design

 · Self-published

A personal project of mine: illustrating a thread on how healthcare insurance companies benefit from the pandemic, tweeted originally by former VP of Cigna Wendell Potter. The image text reads, "As a former health insurance exec, I don't think any story better illustrates my old industry's racket than the one I'm about to tell you: Right now, as we enter the worst public health crisis of our lifetimes (#COVID19), health insurers are still raking in record profits." Click the link to view the whole illustrated thread.

Programs/Tools used: Adobe Photoshop, Wacom Pen & Touch Tablet

A Tribute to Disability Visibility
Multimedia/Design

 · Self-published

Disability Visibility was revolutionary in putting disabled voices and dreams into modern mainstream media. I illustrated my interpretation of six stories that touched me and impacted my view of what constitutes disability justice and what is needed to create a kinder and more accessible world. These stories include: "Six Ways of Looking at Crip Time" by Ellen Samuels, "The Beauty of Spaces Created for and by Disabled People" by s.e. smith, "How to Make a Paper Crane from Rage" by Elsa Sjunneson, "Nurturing Black Disabled Joy" by Keah Brown, "I am too pretty for Ugly Laws" (a poem by Lateef McLeod embedded in the story "Gaining Power through Communication Access"), and "I'm Tired of Chasing a Cure" by Liz Moore. Click the link above to view these illustrations in a keyboard accessible carousel/gallery and read more on my interpretations of them.

Click here to go to the Disability Visibility Project website run by Alice Wong.

Languages/Programs used: Javascript (interactivity & accessibility), HTML, CSS & Bootstrap (web design), Adobe Photoshop & Canva (art)

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MY Spectre around me night and day Like a wild beast guards my way; My Emanation far within Weeps incessantly for my sin.

Section 2

A fathomless and boundless deep, There we wander, there we weep; On the hungry craving wind My Spectre follows thee behind.

Section 3

He scents thy footsteps in the snow Wheresoever thou dost go, Thro' the wintry hail and rain. When wilt thou return again?

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