Josh's story is extremely similar to most people growing up in Asian American households. Josh's family is a bit unique because they lived in the Midwest for a long period of time and have retained most of their values. However, as a Filipino American going to high school in Arcadia, CA, one of the most heavily populated Asian areas, he was constantly faced with people pushing him towards the traditional paths of nurse, lawyer, doctor, or accountant.
When he was in high school, he noticed an alarming amount of his peers were suffering from depression and there were many suicide attempts from his cohort. These were a result of the overwhelming pressure and competitiveness developed from the Asian community, and Josh took this as a life lesson and decided to completely rebel against the status quo.
He never let these influences bother him, however. One look at his instagram page and you'll see that Josh isn't afraid to shatter social norms. When we were talking, one of the things he explained was that his mission was to bring people together by educating them on challenging the status quo, and why it is so important.
Doubt is something that every one pursuing an untraditional path encounters. Josh's experience was that since he experienced this every step of his life, he's used to it by now. He believes you can't change other people's opinions and beliefs of you, but you can change how you react to negative situations. Wise words right there.
His story is similar to a lot of creatives because he was always told to go towards the traditional route. But everything Josh does is far from ordinary. On top of his passion for education, he wants to use his abilities in design and teaching to show people that we don't always have to fall into our societal norms as it has to do with gender, career, and lifestyles.
I love this mission because it perfectly aligns with what we are trying to promote here at GFTED and it was a pleasure to work with him.
Follow him @JxshBay to see more of his work!