Wilda Wong's family left Hong Kong shortly after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests saw the massacre of demonstrators throughout China, leaving indelible images of those trying to block the military's advance. It was perhaps then she began to understand the power of the media to shape perception and give voice to the oppressed.
Her family arrived in San Diego, where Wilda joined her high school paper as an award-winning features editor, later earning a degree in film at UC Berkeley as a first-generation college student. She has since traveled to six continents and lived or worked in four, studying cinema in France, volunteering for an Italian NGO in Cambodia and serving in the Peace Corps in South Africa.
Wilda's international work took her back to San Diego, where she continues to learn about local issues. She is a communications professional specializing in telling stories for various causes in the social sector, having done work for the Government Accountability Office, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, and San Diego Workforce Partnership. She has also volunteered with Amnesty International, International Rescue Committee, Tam Tam Mandingue and Pacific Arts Movement, where she helps program its annual San Diego Asian Film Festival.