February 19, 2021
By Margaret Jetelina, DIVERSEcity
New business incubator for women makers and creators at DIVERSEcity
Taiwan-born Stephanie Tu was hoping to apply for arts school in Taiwan after high school, but life took her on an unexpected path to Canada to attend high school in New Westminster, BC, as an international student.
It was a challenging transition. “I started a little bit of English in my home country, but realized it’s not how people actually speak here. I felt like I couldn’t communicate at first,” says Stephanie, who eventually made connections and built friendships. However, it was art — her favourite subject in school — that saw her through those initial challenges, allowing her to express her emotions through her work.