We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Wang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’ve always been inspired by connecting with people across the world through traveling and food. I love meeting new people who grew up with different backgrounds, but still finding little things that make us more similar than different.
I’m also deeply inspired by small businesses who have the constant courage to bring their ideas to life and take a chance on themselves. I’ll always support businesses that are doing their best and providing good products to their customers!
Lastly, I’m forever inspired by my Asian American and Pacific Islander community. I stand by and stand with my community. #stopAAPIhate
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being an Asian American woman working in tech, it was never “easy” professionally. You can’t help but always feel a little different or out of place, but I was lucky to be very selective in where I chose to work. Diversity and acceptance was always top of mind when I would consider where to work. All my experiences at my employers have been positive because there’s been a huge emphasis on inclusivity from the top down. I’ve found myself working in roles and at companies that are as passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion as I am, and I am forever grateful that I’ll be able to make an impact on the corporate world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you’re ever in LA, I would split your trip up into different areas for each day. For West LA, think beaches and brunch – Blu Jam Cafe (best french toast!), Malibu Seafood (right by the beach, amazing fish sticks), Broad Street Oyster Co, Venice Beach, Teddy’s Red Tacos (birria tacos), Playa Vista (for a quieter beach). The Getty Center is a beautiful and cheap museum for dates or a fun time with family. But also, if you’re craving some Asian food, you have to go to Sawtelle in West LA because it’s a whole street full of delicious Japanese foods, including Tsujita LA, the best Japanese dipping ramen…ever. For DTLA, check out some breweries in Arts District, Mama’s Shelter for the cutest rooftop bar, Marugame Monzo for creamy udon, Howlin’ Ray’s for HOT chicken, and don’t forget to stop by Koreatown next door for Korean BBQ and karaoke bars. Drive a little further east and you’ll hit “626”, which is the hub for Chinese food. My favorites include: Mama Lu’s (inexpensive Xiao Long Baos), Lunasia DimSum House, and Jazz Cat (shabu shabu with quality meat). One day, drive south for Orange County for some beautiful beaches and you’ll have to try Broadard (Vietnamese spring rolls that’ll change your life), Fill Bakeshop (mochi donuts), Cococane (sugar cane drinks), and Omomo (boba). Don’t forget to hit all the cool theme parks and museums SoCal has to offer!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my family who gave me everything I needed and more. Shoutout to my mom who worked tirelessly to make sure I was safe, growing up in not-the-best area and then later on moving to LA all on my own. Shoutout to my dad for always encouraging me to follow my dreams and do whatever I want (as long as it wasn’t illegal, haha!). Shoutout to my sister for understanding me and loving me unconditionally.
Being a first generation college student, I always felt like I owed my parents everything and always felt like I needed to make them proud. It really helped me grow, think outside of the box, and constantly strive for more in life.