Jonny Sun — The Strange Hope of Being an Alien

 

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Photo by Chris Buck for The New York Times

Photo by Chris Buck for The New York Times

You've probably seen @jonnysun's "weird Twitter" tweets of his life as a lonely alien experiencing earth. What you might not know is that Jonny Sun, the Asian Canadian playwright, artist, architect and comedian has a master's degree from Yale, is a PhD candidate at MIT, and is a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center.


In this episode, Branden talked to Jonny about navigating the world of happiness in art and academia while wrestling with depression and anxiety. They also giggled through a conversation about Jonny’s news book, ‘Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too’.

The challenge of social media lies within these questions: What can I do to prove that I am a real person? How do I find people who are also trying to be honest online?
— Jonny Sun

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Kristi Karrenbrock