I celebrate stories that connect people and cross borders.
CHRISLYN CHOO is a proud student of story. A video producer, photographer, and speaker, she documents global migration journeys, from artists addressing displacement in Colombia, to tracing her family's roots in Malaysia and China. Chrislyn builds bridges across cultures and sparks curiosity in the stories that connect us by creating honest, inclusive space to embrace our mosaic identities.
I’ve always felt “between” cultures: Confused in the US, more Malaysian outside Malaysia, and never quite Chinese enough. I eventually started to wonder: What if my hyphenated experience can actually be a strength, instead of a burden? What if it’s possible for me to feel “at home” in the liminal space of my own heritage?
In early 2018, I decided to dig into my family history, a path that soon led me to My China Roots, a team of modern-day Sherlocks who help the Chinese diaspora trace their ancestry across oceans and generations. With their guidance, I returned to my ancestral villages in southern China and documented the healing experience of reuniting with relatives and discovering my family’s place in history.
Today I feel far more at ease no matter where I am in the world. While I still have questions, I can see how each thread of my story is interconnected. Now, I love helping others close the gaps within their identities. As Multimedia Content Officer at MCR, I facilitate heritage workshops, design family websites, and partner with films shining a light on untold history, such as The Six (Chinese survivors of the Titanic!).
I found a home in Durham, North Carolina, where I filmed and edited videos with StoryDriven for brands on the cutting edge of research, healthcare, and community empowerment. I helmed the Reel Durham video series about leaders shaping Durham’s rapid urban change, and in 2018 won a regional Emmy Award for an environmental tech story about “pickle power” (harnessing clean energy from pickle wastewater).
Along with helping multigenerational families record their stories, I also directed and produced social media campaigns for the STORY Conference and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and attended the first convening of Asian American filmmakers in the US South. I am a 2016 graduate of Duke University, where I blended degrees in neuroscience and film to explore how stories shape our brains and behavior.
I design cultural identity workshops, vlog about my roots journey, and hit the road on film shoots. Raised in Princeton, New Jersey, by a gutsy duo from Penang, Malaysia (food capital of the world!), I love nothing more than gathering around a table for story time and delicious food.