Writer & educator JAYON YOU takes photographs with her mind's eye — framing, bringing to a sharp focus, making visible what would otherwise remain muddled or invisible.
She holds a B.A. in PPE [Philosophy, Politics & Economics] from University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Social & Cultural Anthropology from Oxford University & a Master of Design from University of Pennsylvania. She is also trained as a classical pianist & studied with Solomon Mikowsky & Byron Janis in New York City.
Her writing & concept based works give synthesis to her interdisciplinary training & her wide-ranging intellectual & artistic interests. They converge on intersection between the individual & society that fuses the personal with the critical in direct engagement with urgent issues of our time. In 2020, she published a collection of 24 personal & critical essays, A SOCIETY FULL OF MULTICULTURAL INDIVIDUALS, which uses her own experience of immigration to America at the age of 13 as a critical frame for illuminating the issue of multiculturalism both in the context of Europe & America.
Committed to education of youth, she taught as a design professor at Drury University, a liberal arts college in Midwest America between 2010-2015 & continued to teach online while based in Berlin against the backdrop of refugee crisis in Europe, the shifting ethos & increasing polarization in America & the rise of populism & crisis of liberal democracy around the globe, engaging students in critical analysis of WHERE WE STAND NOW & social visioning of HOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD.
She is the founder of two educational projects MULTICULTURAL CHALLENGE & TRUE POWER WORKSHOP, which intervene on TWO POINTS OF UNITY on the level of both symptoms & cause: Raising 1) SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS on 'what kind of society do we want to create?' 'how do we ensure equality, fairness & justice for ALL?,' which brings everyone together in a shared pursuit of shared ideals & 2) INDIVIDUAL CONSCIOUSNESS, empowering individuals with the tools to connect with their deeper self, without which the outer 'symptoms' of tribalism & hierarchy would persist.