Did you know that Vogue featured alumnus Kevin Kwan, '94 BA?
Just in time for the summer reading season is the debut novel by UHCL alumnus Kevin Kwan, "Crazy Rich Asians" (Doubleday). Released in June 2013, it has captured interest and attention on a national scale, including features in recent issues of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
We caught up with Kwan to learn a little more about how UHCL helped him prepare for his career.
Kwan was drawn to the Media Studies program at UHCL (now known as the Bachelor of Arts in Communication) because of the variety of options within the curriculum.
"I always had a diversity of interests," says Kwan. "From journalism and creative writing to photography and filmmaking, this (the Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies) was the only degree program that allowed me to pursue all these passions at the same time while also giving me a good dose of liberal arts."
He credits his three favorite professors, Professor Emeritus Jib Fowles, Professor of Literature John Gorman and retired UHCL instructor and student publications adviser Gloria Morris, for inspiring and motivating him.
Kwan thrived as a student at UHCL and believes the non-traditional setting helped him prepare for his life after graduation.
"It gave me a great foundation from which to build," he says. "The amazing thing about the student body at UHCL is its amazing diversity and demographic mix. It was so beneficial to go to school with people of all ages and backgrounds, many of whom lived these incredible lives and already had well-established careers. If I had gone to some other college where everyone around me was 18 years old, I don't think I would have been as prepared, focused and determined when I moved to New York."
Prior to writing "Crazy Rich Asians," Kwan co-authored "Luck: The Essential Guide" (HarperCollins Publishers) in 2008, which is a study of the many facets and aspects of luck.
In addition to being a writer, Kwan is a creative consultant living and working in Manhattan. His projects include publishing, design and new media for clients like Oprah Winfrey, The New York Times and TED.com.
Follow Kwan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KevinKwanBooks.
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