My full name is Lucas Lee Ou-Yang.
I live in New York City but am also frequently in Los Angeles + SoCal.
2nd generation Chinese American, grew up in Seattle WA.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar, writing, distance running, going out for boba and Korean BBQ, and making coffee for friends and sometimes strangers. I really like John Mayer for his bluesy guitar sound and dramatic lyrics. JM's songs are difficult but I'm slowly mastering them! I've also been getting into Chinese music and K-pop, check out this great song by Jay Park, also this other great song by Jay Chou!
I've recently moved to New York from Los Angeles and am still getting acclimated to the area. Professionally, I work at Facebook as a Software Engineer specializing in recommendation engines and user experience.
I am also passionate about Asian American / Asian political issues. The poor media representation of Asians in western countries along with institutionalized racism in universities and at work. If you also feel passionate about similar issues, reach out to me and I will connect you to the right people.
Please read this essay I wrote on the rough but edifying two years spent living in L.A.'s Asian enclaves and working for Snapchat in Venice, California.
Before spending two years in L.A., I was based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and worked on user engagement for Instagram. It was a lot of fun! Over my 2 years there, I boosted user engagement most of the app: search, explore, and parts of profile and feed. Check out my goodbye post.
Before that, I went to UCI, a college in Southern California, for Computer Science. It was a great experience! During school, I started a news entertainment company, Wintria, with my friend Nithin Jilla. We hit 4,000 unique visitors on our first day of release and became investor backend.
Around the time when Wintria was started I also wrote Newspaper. Newspaper is a library which abstracts online news extraction. It's my most succesful personal work and is award winning on Github, holding the #1 downloaded & forked python project for months. It has also been downloaded and used by the engineering teams at: The New York Times, The LA Times, CNN, Parse.ly, and many more.
I'm always open to socialize, give & receive advice, meet-up, collaborate, hangout, or more. Please don't hesitate to reach out! I'm best reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook messenger.For more info, check out my: