Entering our 8th year, the LUCKYRICE Festival captures our obsession with Asian food culture through large-scale feasts, festive dinners and gastronomic gatherings. Eager to share stories of Asian culture through the lens of food and drink, we created LUCKYRICE in 2010. We’ve since taken the festival on the road, bringing festivities like night markets, ramen slurpfests and cocktail feasts from coast to coast. Whether you’re in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, or Toronto – please join us!
DANIELLE CHANG / Founder
Danielle created LUCKYRICE to follow her lofty, yet life-long, passion to create a platform for Asian culture. Her career has always revolved around pop culture, story telling and entrepreneurship. Danielle began her career at The New York Times and later founded and published the lifestyle magazine Simplycity. After earning her Masters degree in Critical Theory from Columbia University, she was a Professor of Contemporary Art History as well as a curator of emerging art. Most recently, she was the CEO of Vivienne Tam, a fashion company and, prior to that, the Managing Director of Assouline, a French creative advertising agency. Instead of the visual arts, her focus today is the culinary arts, an appetizing and universal lens through which to share stories about our current obsession with Asian culture.
JACKY TANG / VP of Brand Marketing & Creative
Jacky is our VP of Brand Marketing and Creative. Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii he grew up in his family’s Chinese restaurant in a paradise unique to his cultural background. After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his career in retail development took him from Hawaii, to San Francisco, to New York, where he worked with the likes of Diesel and Louis Vuitton. He made the transition into brand marketing when he was hired at Opening Ceremony and went on to become the VP of Brand Marketing and Retail Development there where he spent nearly a decade. Looking to expand his experience in the fashion world to other avenues of culture, Jacky’s decision to join the team at LUCKYRICE stems from a deep-seated desire to represent and garner a genuine appreciation for Asian culture (and his own roots) during a time when it feels most needed.
KIKI SUHADI / Events Director
JAMIE LEE / Executive & Administrative Assistant
LINDSEY OKUBO / Marketing Coordinator
Lindsey is our Marketing Coordinator. A native of the Hawaiian Islands and a graduate of New York University, she references the lyrics of Brother Noland to describe herself, “she’s a coconut girl in a high-fashion world.” During her time at NYU she studied journalism and religious studies. Since graduating she’s been published internationally as she’s free-lanced for a number of publications based in Honolulu and London. In the mean time, you can find her thrift shopping, eating a bento in Washington Square Park or scouring the shelves for obscure magazines and coffee table books at the McNally Jackson bookstore.
MAYA JESSELSON / Events & Social Media Intern
Maya is our Events and Social Media Intern with work experience in fashion and marketing. Maya’s a recent graduate of New York University Gallatin School where she shaped a multi disciplinary concentration around the history of culture and media studies. A New York native, and foodie, Maya holds a laundry list of restaurants to try in NYC. Maya can help you locate a Matcha Latte wherever you are.
VIVIAN CHEN / General Counsel
Vivian is the business and legal consultant for Luckyrice. She is the Founding Partner of Chen & Lahey LLP which serves as in-house legal counsel on demand for small businesses. She previously has worked as a lawyer with American Express and Clifford Chance in New York. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Political Science and was selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar which provided for a full scholarship to Georgetown Law Center. Vivian attended international high school in Seoul, Korea where her love and appreciation for Asian cuisine derive.
CARYL CHINN / Advisor
Caryl is the Vice President of Culinary Events at Octagon. After 3 years working on PR and special events for celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower at Stars in San Francisco, Caryl moved to New York to manage special events at Bon Appétit magazine. A decade later, she joined Karlitz & Company to establish a Culinary Division for the agency where she worked with clients to create events such as the Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival, Wine.Dine.Donate with epicurious.com, and the establishment of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. In 2010, she returned to the West coast and was named the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival which she ran for 2 years before joining Octagon. She is on the Board of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) LA and is on the Culinary Council for the Food Bank for New York City. Caryl graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in History.
CRISTINA VASQUEZ / Creative Director
Is a designer and art director based in New York. She has worked with companies such as The Brand Union NY, Mother NY, Addison, Spain and Publicis, Spain. After initially freelancing on personal jobs while keeping her day job, she decided to pursue her dreams and open her own design studio in early 2012. She has a BA in Digital Design from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, Spain and has an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, NY.
WILLIAM LI / Advisor
William Li is the President of Ralph Lauren Home. Prior to joining Ralph Lauren in 2010, he served as the Associate Publisher of Conde Nast Traveler and as the Publisher of Conde Nast Portfolio, one of the most noteworthy magazine launches in recent publishing history, from January 2008 to April 2009. William joined Conde Nast Portfolio after working as the Publisher of Men’s Vogue which launched in 2005. Prior to Men’s Vogue, William had been Associate Publisher of The New Yorker. Previously, William oversaw the launch of HomeStyle and spent fie years at House & Garden, where he held positions as Associate Publisher and Advertising Director. In addition, William has held various positions at Hearst Magazines and Grey Advertising. He holds a BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.