Mikayla Hong is a self-taught artist and Masters of biomedical engineering graduate from UBC. Her artwork is mainly created using watercolour paints, but she loves experimenting with different styles and mediums. A portion of all her profits benefits the Downtown Eastside Women's Shelter as well as other Vancouver-based charities.
Vancouver's Chinatown is a very special place to her. Growing up, she would come often to grab something to eat with her grandma, go grocery shopping with family, or attend kung-fu/lion dance classes with Chau Luen Athletics. Over the years, this community has changed a lot and it has become more important than ever to preserve the cultural heritage. Her commissioned illustrations, in collaboration with Chinatown Storytelling Centre, capture aspects of Chinatown's past and present.