Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I’m Shien Lee.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m the creator and producer of Dances of Vice, a nightlife sensation known for highly stylized anachronistic and new romantic events. I also offer creative event services for corporate and private clients through my event agency, Shien Lee Creative Group.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Taiwan. I lived in Honolulu, Taipei, Prague, and Montreal before moving to New York, but I think I’m here to stay. This city has really got a hold on me.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
I admire different people for their different merits and accomplishments, but I don’t idolize. That being said, my mother was the most beautiful, brave, and selfless person I knew. My personal hero, for sure.
5: What book is your bible?
I wouldn’t take the word of any one book as the truth. My journal is my bible, because it’s my link to my past and future self, a tool of self-discovery. However, no reading delivers quite such a thrill as Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov. I’ve read them each a number of times.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love meeting people who are genuine and treat other people with kindness and respect. I can’t stand vain and selfish individuals who revel in negative excitement and attention. I hate when people air their personal dirty laundry on Facebook. I love romanticism, surrealism, humor, and–I don’t care if it makes me sound goth-melancholia.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To minimize the distance between my dreams and reality. Perhaps someday I’ll even prefer reality to my daydreaming. In the meantime, my events are a temporary venue by which to transcend material and social boundaries of everyday life and meet other eccentric, beauty-seeking dreamers. I live for that.
8: What is your favorite color?
Sage Green. The color of good green tea ice cream.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I haven’t read any superhero comics, but Bugs Bunny is my biggest cartoon hero. Adventurous, witty, bitchy, looks good in drag – what’s not to love?
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
When I’m not hosting my own parties, I prefer intimate gatherings with friends at home or at my favorite café, Café Reggio.
11: What turns you on?
Poetry, ingenuity, mystery, rebellion, and killer style.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: How do you look for love and what do you do with it when you find it?
A: I look for love in every opportunity, and cherish the people and things I love. All things come to pass, so I take no pleasure for granted, great or small.
Shien Lee is the creator of Dances of Vice, a New York nightlife sensation which attracts a decadent menagerie of dandies, aesthetes, and dreamers who gather in shared enthusiasm for the music, fashion, culture, and beauty of times forgotten. Dances of Vice incorporates a myriad of anachronistic and New Romantic influences in Dadaistic celebration of the liberating effects of beauty, fantasy, and surrealism.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Adrian Buckmaster / Courtesy of Shien Lee
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Shien Lee, 2011, Photography by Adrian Buckmaster / Courtesy of Shien Lee