Stephen Bryan Wong was born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio, where his father was a mathematics professor at Oberlin University. The son of a Chinese father and Japanese mother, Stephen discusses how traditions in his family pulled from both cultures. His father came to the United States for political reasons during the Cultural Revolution. His mother grew up in Hawai’i amongst a large extended family. Stephen received his BA in physics with minors in digital electronics and physical chemistry and went on to earn a PhD in physics at MIT. At the time of this interview, he works as a computer science professor at Rice University.