Mei Lum is a community activist dedicated to nurturing the art, culture, and history of Asian-Americans in New York’s Chinatown. She is the fifth-generation owner of Wing on Wo & Co. (W.O.W.) her family’s porcelain business, and the founder and director of the W.O.W. Project, which engages local residents in efforts to preserve and grow the cultural bedrock of their community.
Born and raised in Chinatown, Lum graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in East Asian studies. After graduation, she was awarded the Princeton in Asia fellowship, which enabled her to engage in two years of community development work throughout Asia—everything from teaching English to high school students in the small town of Phang-Nga, Thailand, to working for an experiential education non-profit in Beijing, to participating in a youth development program in Laos.
W.O.W. Project, New York City