My name is Jon Chan and I'm 27 years old. I document my work, thoughts, and travel here.
I'm nomadic, traveling around the world while working full-time. In the last two years, I've been to over twenty countries in three continents. Even though I'm constantly on the move, I feel most at home in the United States, especially in New York City (the city I know best) and Los Angeles (where I grew up).
I studied philosophy in school but taught myself how to code since I was a teenager. By day, I'm an engineer on the growth team at Stack Overflow, helping programmers around the world get answers to their questions. By night, I'm the founder and sole maintainer of Bento, where I work to make tech education available to everyone. I'm passionate about teaching others how to code. I speak, teach, and mentor frequently on the topic.
I'm both gay and Asian. I'm proud of being both. I care deeply about impactful diversity and inclusion (D&I) work. I came out when I was fourteen and now I volunteer as the Youth team lead for Out in Tech, helping young LGBTQ people discover and start careers in tech. At Stack Overflow, I'm the head of our D&I partnerships team.
I love to learn especially if I can become obsessive about it. I like to share what I learn in the essays I write. As a student of philosophy, I'm always searching for wisdom and advice about what it means to be human and how to live a full life. For stories, I'm interested in the lives of complex characters, especially if they are creators and entrepreneurs. While I travel, I'm always on the hunt for great food and drink. I like to write about all of this.