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Common questions people ask me

Where are you from?

I was born in East York, Toronto.

But I mean, where is your family from?

Guyana.

No, but really, where were your parents born?

Really. Guyana.

No, I mean, your grandparents?

I'm serious now. Guyana.

Is Guyana in Tibet?

No, it’s in South America. But it’s culturally part of the Caribbean.

Do you speak Chinese?

No. Many Chinese Caribbean people are looked down upon by Chinese people, this is often because we are children of Second Wives.

I personally suspect that even though the Caribbean is very Christian, monogamy is not the norm. But don't tell my mother this.

Lei ho ma?

OMG. Please.

Where did you learn to code?

I went to school for Image Arts (Film and Video) at Ryerson, then did a course on web stuff at Centennial College where I learned HTML.

However, at the time I graduated, the market crashed so I went back to working as a production assistant/grip in the film world.

Otherwise I am self-taught, which is code for “Stack Overflow” and years of freelancing. After that I started working at Nascent, where I probably learned the most to date.

What is your favourite language?

JavaScript, followed by Swift. I prefer languages with higher-order functions.

I secretly want Javascript to be replaced by Swift because I feel like static typing would fix a lot of problems.

What is your favourite thing about coding (in your spare time)?

Big O notation and studying algorithms. Also, video compression, Unity, and physics based animations.

What is your favourite thing about coding (at work)?

Pair programming and mentoring.

What is your gender?

For some reason my bank used to send me mail as “Mr. Nicole Chung”. My boxing coach calls me a “they” and most people identify me as non-binary. I have no preference although I generally identify as a woman.

What are you current creative projects?

I am working on a novel about Jesus (if Jesus came to Toronto and happened to lose their memory).

I am also working a film called, “The Assassin…from Canada”. It’s a dark comedy with action bits.

Is your family okay with you being gay / are you out?

If you are out in a West Indian family, no one talks about it. They are just in denial. You are just “Auntie”.