Dear Stranger (Excerpt) by Diana Chao | TEDxTeen | Project 1324

Excerpt from TEDxTeen Talk “Dear Stranger” by Diana Chao. See the full talk here:, and check out Diana’s art for impact on Adobe Project 1324:

The state of our mental health is an epidemic. Calling all strangers. This is all true: 1) Diana Chao is a 19-year-old Chinese-American immigrant; 2) She grew up in California and currently studies physics at Princeton University; 3) She spent a lot of her life confused. Growing up in an English tongue-tied family, she found herself working at a young age (12-hour labor shifts on weekends came before gym membership, hands down). Then the confusion set in. She fell temporarily blind multiple times due to uveitis, yet pursued photography nonetheless. Her stubbornness about elevating POC stories to the fine art industry led to features by Vogue Italia, Adobe and Redbubble. To date, Diana has exhibited to over 75,000 people. She received a publishing deal for fantasy fiction at the age of 13, was recognized by the U.S. Navy for her research on dengue virus when she was 16 years old, and researched for NASA with a feature at the American Astronomical Society conference by the time she was 18 years old. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at