⟵ ✌🏼peace out
✨✨✨ Heyo, my name's Tonya! [tawn-ya] ✨✨✨

I'm a 21 year old Vietnamese-American researcher studying human-computer interaction at 💛🐻UC Berkeley. From computer science, human-centered design, social theory, to even art, I've always had eclectic interests. Through HCI, I found a method of empowerment and an outlet to combine my varying interests. 👩🏻‍💻As a result, I decided to create my own interdisciplinary research program / major (hohoho, stay tuned for my thesis)!

🛠️I'm a maker! I enjoy creating digital art and building tangible + digital interfaces (websites, wearables, and anything that has LEDs). To me, creation is a fundamental part of being, and the process of creation itself has always led me to more ask questions about people, society, and why we do the things that we do. I want to spend the rest of my life learning about others, understanding needs, and asking the "right" questions to solve problems (with a grain of situated knowledge)

Beyond that, I'm curious about how computational systems and interaction design can help us tackle societal hurdles. While turning a critical eye towards technological processes and artifacts, I want to further my understanding of how sociotechnical systems shape the world, build accessible systems, and create ethical solutions. My undergraduate research endeavors have enabled me to chip away at the deeper, personal questions that I have regarding design, computing systems, and sociotechnical assemblages –– and I'm 💪🏻determined to keep at it.

This spring, I'm studying co-designed algorithms that serve community needs + values at the Berkeley iSchool and task design at Stanford HCI. As my last hoorah!! at Cal, I'm writing my senior thesis about how we can re-imagine and design ethnic based Facebook groups, like "subtle asian traits," as subaltern counter publics.

✨Fun facts about me:

  • I'm currently documenting my family's story about how the Vietnam War changed their lives.
  • I love the ⛰outdoors.
  • Sometimes I write poems.
  • I always try to make my food into 🍣 art.
  • I'm a 🐶 dog person.
  • I've been casually 🏋 powerlifting since my sophomore year of high school.
  • I'm a proud first generation college student.
  • I have a slight obsession with 🍫 dark chocolate. When I feel that it's okay to splurge, my choice is always TCHO.
  • I enjoy traveling on 🚞 trains.
  • I can make some killer 🍲 Vietnamese food.
  • I'm a budding plant mom!
  • My favorite podcast is Ologies by Alie Ward.
  • I'm a sucker for 🎶 live music and 🕺dance. The best shows I've been to are Kaskade, Beach House, and Epik High.