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Amy Wong is a neuroscientist-turned-video journalist and multimedia producer. One day, while fiddling with the MRI scanner, she picked up a video camera and found it much easier to operate. Her interests in science, social issues, indie music and digital art have influenced her work. She has worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, various pop culture magazines, and the Montreal Neurological Institute, where she produced videos designed to educate the public about neuroscience. She is eager to share some of Switzerland’s most compelling stories in video.
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What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Turn off the tv. You can waste much more time on the Internet.
The first thing that people often say when I tell them I work as a journalist in Switzerland is, “But nothing ever happens in Switzerland.” They’re wrong.
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
I still haven’t totally given up on becoming a professional country singer. I guess I’ll have to work on becoming a good one first.
What’s your mantra?
Can I film it/you/that/this/here/now?
What do you love most about Switzerland?
The countryside. In my next life, I hope to come back as a Swiss cow.
What is your favorite possession?
That would be Big Red, my semi-acoustic archtop guitar. Good for playing truly depressing country songs that I’ll never be brave enough to play in public.
In a perfect world, who would you be dining with tonight?
Ira Glass, host of the outstanding creative non-fiction storytelling institution known as This American Life.
What is your favorite word in English?
“Sorry.” As a Canadian, it’s a natural thing to say even if you’ve done nothing wrong.