Tiffany May

As a Hong Kong native and Columbia student, I am shaped by the crossovers between tradition and modernity. I explore how cultures evolve in cities and, in particular, how the East and West intersect in my writing and education initiatives.

I am an Editorial and Communications intern at the PEN American Center, currently producing a chapbook of international literature in translation. I wrote long form features for the Columbia Daily Spectator on culture and diversity in urban settings. One of my features was the most-read article of the day, reaching almost 6000 page views since it has been published.

In addition to my own writing, I lead education initiatives that develop critical thinking and strong writing skills. At Columbia, I work with first-generation high school seniors as an Uihlein Undergraduate Teaching Fellow. I led summer intensive writing workshops and discussion sections at the college level and am currently mentoring students in a year-long creative project. I have also launched a five-week humanities seminar called Symposium in Hong Kong. My objective in Symposium was to bring the Western cannon in conversation with Asian philosophy, and to make both accessible to high school and university students.

  • Education
    • Columbia University
    • Phillips Exeter Academy