Joyce was born in Taiwan and moved to Richmond, BC at the age of 8. Like many other children, Joyce assumed the role of translator and support for her family during their settlement process and thus began to explore concepts of belonging and citizenship at a young age from the perspective of a first-generation immigrant. As a youth, this curiosity pushed Joyce to get involved at her school and community, looking for ways to develop skills and figure out where and how she belongs to the spaces she occupies.
After high school, Joyce pursued a BA in Geography and Health Studies to understand how place, identity, and well-being shape each other, and she expanded the number of communities she became involved with. In addition to the academic skills, in those years as a student, Joyce learned that she thrives on working with people, navigating through different perspectives and supporting the community towards a common vision. Guided by the love for community, Joyce found a place for herself and started working at a neighbourhood house in East Vancouver after she graduated. Today, Joyce continues to be a lifelong learner and pursuer of all things community.
10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.