Rachel Wong 黃曉曦 is a writer, podcaster, communicator and creative. She is a first-generation Catholic Chinese-Canadian settler who lives on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, also known as Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA (Honours) in Communication and International Studies from Simon Fraser University.
Born and raised in Surrey, BC, Rachel spent her entire life between the mountains, the trees and the water. Telling stories - from the serious to the serendipitous - has always been her favourite thing to do. In the fourth grade, Rachel and her class were required to write an original piece of fiction as part of an assignment. Her teacher submitted all of these stories to a competition where they were considered for a spot in a nation-wide anthology. Her short story, "Where Did All the Socks Go?" can be found in The Magic Book Shop (2006). Ever since, Rachel's writing and poetry have appeared in magazines such as Maker's Magazine, The Lyre, and The Tartan and media outlets such as CBC, The B.C. Catholic, The Catholic Register, Salt + Light Media, and SFU's student newspaper The Peak. She continues to write poetry and blog on a regular basis.
Rachel also co-hosted and programmed Y57 Media, an hour-long music and current affairs show on Vancouver Co-op Radio. She managed a team of 6 producers and would produce stories, interview guests, and worked on the live and post-production work. From there, Rachel was awarded the CBC Radio Peter Gzowski internship (2018) and produced stories for CBC Vancouver's The Early Edition and BC Today.
Rachel graduated from SFU in June 2020. Within Communication, her research interests include public perceptions of place and space, racialized spaces, and how power dynamics and privilege are communicated through those spaces. Her graduating thesis looked at the relationships Chinese seniors had with the place of Vancouver's Chinatown through the lens of culturally significant food.
Currently, Rachel is the Communications Coordinator for SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement. As part of her work at the Office, she helps to produce Below the Radar, a knowledge mobilization podcast from SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement that features guests who do work in the areas of arts & culture, environmentalism, social justice, urban issues, and other areas.
Outside of work, Rachel is the host of The Feminine Genius Podcast, a podcast that celebrates the diversity of Catholic women in the Church doing amazing who serve the Lord with their gifts and talents.
As a creative, Rachel loves to meet and collaborate with other creatives who want to get their creative pursuits off the ground. She meets regularly with other bloggers, writers, and podcasters to talk about their vision, creative pursuits, and strategy. You can get in touch with her here.
Photos on this website courtesy of Dylan Dufault, Greg Ehlers, and Eleanor Wong.