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Asia
Fee

Founder, Chemist | Alchemist Asia

Valdez, Alaska

Asia
Fee

Founder, Chemist | Alchemist Asia

Valdez, Alaska

asianoelani@gmail.com


Tell us about a time you took a risk at work.

I was at risk of becoming homeless and consequently would have to leave the job I had loved and worked so hard to grow in. This was still during the pandemic and I was an intern. I had a meeting with my lab manager and explained that my landlord had given me less than a month to move out (I wasn't being evicted, she just didn't want to rent past a certain date). After applying and calling several apartments I was unsuccessful at finding one. I asked if I could work from home if I wasn't able to find somewhere to live. She told me I was not a full time employee, so they 'felt' that I would not be able to. In the two week stretch prior to my rental closing, I conducted an entire plan for a semi-remote position. I was in a Zoom meeting with my Lab Supervisor, Head of HR, my Temp Agency Representative, and my Lab Manager. After presenting my notes and research, I had negotiated a semi-remote position, with my full pay, and travel compensation. It was terrifying because I was denied previously, but after defending myself I had secured a position that served both parties.

What is a recent accomplishment you are proud of?

Starting my own business, Alchemist Asia! It's small, but I get to combine my two passions: science and cosmetics. I use my platform to engage the community and to reduce the stigma of science in the beauty industry.

What is the best part about working in your industry?

The best part is the community and the discoveries! My STEM community has been the most supportive group I've interacted with. I'm involved in different ones depending on topics or career fields. We can talk openly about personal topics as well as triumphs in the industry. Working in science is the best field for those who crave growth. Research is continuous and the discoveries made are so impactful. To be a part of an industry that can cure diseases and engineer homes for the homeless is absolutely amazing.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

Many are often surprised when I share that I am a former colorguard member! I coached and performed competitively for over 6 years. With that, I am also very flexible - not by practice. I have joints that can hyperextend without pain, allowing my arms, legs, back to distort. It sounds scary in text, but in person it makes a great performance and conversation starter.

What would be the title of your memoir?

I'd have two: (1) Pity Party-exploring the awkward and devastating parts of my childhood, not to feel bad for me but to help others; (2) Memoirs of an Asia-sharing my stories as an Asian-American and not being accepted in either country.


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University/College Attended

California State University, Channel Islands


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