California and The West

Kathay Feng

Kathay Feng in the green room

Kathay Feng is the Executive Director of California Common Cause, and author of Proposition 11 – California’s successful redistricting reform. Before chatting onstage about direct democracy in the state, Feng sat down for our In The Green Room Q&A.

Q. What do you consider to be the greatest simple pleasure?

A. Chocolate.

Q. Where would we find you at 10 a.m. on a typical Saturday?

A. Just finishing up breakfast with my husband and daughter.

Q. What do you do to clear your mind?

A. Wash dishes.

Q. What is your favorite word?

A. Lately, dilemma, because my three-year-old just learned it. She walks around saying, “That’s a dilemma.”

Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. Carol Burnett.

Q. If you could take only one more journey, where would you go?

A. Tibet.

Q. What is your most prized material possession?

A. A hand print from my daughter from when she was first born.

Q. What is the best gift you have ever received?

A. The most recent one was for Mother’s Day. My husband got me a collection of stories about moms and daughters. The very first story I flipped to was about a Native American woman and how difficult it was when she was raising her daughter, and I was brought to tears. It’s nice to read it with my daughter, even though she doesn’t understand most of it.

Q. What is your favorite thing about Los Angeles?

A. It is extremely diverse. When I first came here, my stereotype was Hollywood and personalized license plates – a shallow image of a shallow town. But it’s so much more, and that’s why I love living here.

Q. Who is the one person living or dead you would most like to meet for dinner?

A. Buddha. I’d love to ask him if, when he was first discovering meditation, he ever imagined that his thoughts and contemplations would turn into an international religion.

To read more about Feng’s event, click here.

*Photo by Aaron Salcido.



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