Karin T. Mak was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri as a daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong. Karin left the Midwest to pursue a degree in Media Studies at Pomona College. She worked for several years on immigrant and workers’ rights campaigns in California. In 2003, she received the New Voices Fellowship to work with Sweatshop Watch, a Los Angeles-based non-profit advocating for workers’ rights. In 2008, she earned an M.A. in Social Documentation from the University of California Santa Cruz. Karin’s films have screened in Hong Kong, New York, Rome, and Los Angeles.