about

in summary

Rachel Wong 黃曉曦 is a writer, podcaster, creative, and communicator. Born and raised in Surrey, BC, she is a first-generation Catholic Chinese-Canadian settler who is privileged to live on the territories of the q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples.

 

Rachel holds a BA (Honours) in Communication and International Studies from Simon Fraser University. She currently is the Communications & Engagement Coordinator at SFU's Surrey campus. When she's not working, Rachel hosts The Feminine Genius Podcast, a Catholic podcast that celebrates women of God and their unique genius.

the longer version

Born and raised in Surrey, BC, Rachel Wong 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 wrote an original piece of fiction as part of an assignment. Her teacher later submitted her story as well as those of her peers to a Canada-wide competition. Her short story, "Where Did All the Socks Go?" can be found in the fiction anthology 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

During her time in university, Rachel expanded her work from writing to radio. From 2017-2019, she co-hosted Y57 Media, an hour-long music and current affairs show on Vancouver Co-op Radio. 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

 

In 2019, Rachel launched The Feminine Genius Podcasta podcast that celebrates the diversity of Catholic women in the Church who serve the Lord with their gifts and talents. In 2021, she launched a second podcast entitled A Pondering Heart Podcast with her friend and co-host Emi Namoro. Together, they talk about the triumphs and struggles of the Catholic journey.

 

Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication and International Studies from Simon Fraser Unviersity 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.  

 

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. Rachel also speaks and writes on topics such as faith, mental health, Catholic femininity, and racial identity.

Rachel is a proud member of Catholic Speakers of Colour and Spoken Women.

past work experience

  • SFU Surrey Campus | Coordinator, Communications & Engagement (2020-PRESENT)​

  • SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement | Commuications Coordinator (2019-2020)

  • SFU Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology | Undergraduate Research Fellow (2018-2019)

  • CBC Vancouver | Associate Producer/Gzowski Intern (2018)

  • Y57 Media on Vancouver Co-op Radio | Host/Producer (2017-2019)

  • RESAAS | Digital Content Coordinator (2017)

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police of BC | Administrative Assistant, Health Services (2015-2016)

  • Aria Music Studio | Piano teacher (2013-2018)

speaking topics

  • Catholic faith

    • Personal testimony/conversion​

    • Mental health and faith

    • Feminine genius: Who we are is enough and necessary

    • Identity: as a daughter/woman/creative, racial identity

    • Suffering

  • Racial identity

    • Encountering and overcoming racism​

  • Mental health & illness

    • Depression​, anxiety, panic disorder, suicide

    • Counselling

    • Balance and wellness

    • Healing and recovery

  • Creativity

    • How to overcome 'imposter syndrome'

    • Tapping into creativity when you don't consider yourself to be 'creative'