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Seeing Is Believing: An AAPI Visionary Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion

October 13, 2022 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The objective of this event is to build a yearly platform that celebrates the diversity of culture that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders bring to their creative communities.

The in-person panel discussion will bring three local celebrated creatives of AAPI heritage to campus to discuss their cultures, experiences, identity, and sources of pride, emphasizing the importance of representation, mentorship, and giving back to the community.


  • Haruko Hayakawa, (she/her), first-generation Japanese American CG artist and Brooklyn-based creative director based out of Brooklyn
    Her work is mainly driven by two themes: nostalgia and her modern-day struggles, whether that’s around her Japanese American identity, womanhood, or finding the beauty in the mundanity of her everyday life.

  • Mischelle Moy, (she/her), photographer based in Brooklyn
    She’s a color-bending, vision-hungry cat lady who enjoys creative challenges and problem-solving.

  • Rich Tu, (he/him), first-generation Filipino American artist and designer residing in Brooklyn
    His bold visual style is inspired by his three passion points: community, social justice, and highlighting the first-gen immigrant experience through self-expression.


  • Tim Joo, (he/him), FIT adjunct faculty member, Entrepreneurship
    Joo is the co-founder of Haerfest, a modern accessories company based in New York City. Its mission is to bring together a community of visionaries in motion through the power of products designed to go where you go, so you can build without boundaries.

This event is sponsored by a grant from the FIT Diversity Collective.

This event is for the FIT community only; REGISTER HERE


Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
Pomerantz Art and Design Center, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY United States