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"The area where I lived in London had a lot of really amazing antique shops," he says. "So I got to see vintage watches as well as antique clocks, which cultivated this love and passion for beautiful things, for historical objects."
His growing appreciation for what came before him eventually inspired him to learn more about his personal Chinese heritage.
"After my university in London, I moved to Shanghai and I lived there for quite some time and became close to many artists who labor in the shadows," he says. "I realized that there are lots of amazing artisanal products that still exist that carry on the same tradition as they have done for hundreds, even thousands, of years. But a lot of the masters are very old and dying out and nobody is there to continue the legacy. I felt it was sort of incumbent upon me as an ethnic Chinese guy to sort of support these traditions."
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