Jeanette was raised in rural upstate South Carolina and is the child of first generation immigrants from Hong Kong. Their upbringing in the South influenced them to study Asian American history while in college and get involved in community organizing for AAPI causes. While in college they chaired two different social justice organizations, Asian American Sisters in Action and Pan Asian Students Association. After completing their degree they ventured into film production and worked for several years as a camera operator.
In their spare time they continue to work in film production, prioritizing projects that uplift women, LGBTQ+ folks, and POC. They also currently teach the POWgirls workshops as part of the Portland Women’s Film Festival (aka POWfest) helping to educate and empower the next generation of female and non-binary filmmakers.