- Studied at a boarding school in London.
- Lived in Koreatown, alone in a studio apartment, while finishing high school in Los Angeles.
- Realized she enjoyed learning about people's stories while working as a bartender, and decided to enroll in film school.
- Spike Lee was one of her professors at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
- The first Asian woman to win Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards.