Christopher Fung

Christopher Fung

is creating Real Characters + Inspiring Stories

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patrons

Hi, I'm Chris.


I am an actor by accident. I tripped and fell into performance art. It’s a strange story. Let me rewind.

Throughout my life, I have continually played roles in order to meet others’ expectations, and from a desperate fear of boredom. Ever since my father died when I was young, and since my family drove me to succeed across academic and professional domains regardless of my personal interest, I developed an unexpected, secretive, creative passion for role-playing--of taking on each emotional, intellectual, and physiological trapping of any given identity to the persuasion of those around me.

At the age of 4, my dad and primary role model passed away.
I am directionless child, effeminate boy, fearful minority.
At the age of 8, my mother remarried to a towering German American who would treat me as a financial investment and corporate employee for the twenty years of our relationship.
I am hungry for affection, grateful for attention, performing for recognition.
At the age of 10, I entered a premier youth symphony and began my touring career as principal violist, performing in a half-dozen countries at venues including Dvořák Hall in Prague, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro dell'Opera in Florence.
I am young musician, global traveler, bridge builder.
At the age of 12, I took the SAT early and was invited by Johns Hopkins University to study accelerated physics and humanities to “enrich” my life.
I am precocious but bored, ambitious but jaded, conscientious but impatient.
At the age of 13, friends and I deduced algorithms used by the world’s first multinational smartphone company to issue serial numbers for their new palm pilots, and used them to steal thousands of dollars of merchandise from their affiliate cash-rebate program--which nearly got my family sued and our group expelled from one of the top prep schools in California.
I am experimenter, pragmatist, delinquent.
By the age of 18, I had become a regular street racer, started a fight club with buddies, ostracized myself from my student body for a marijuana scandal that did result in expulsion and suspension for many of my friends and me, won regional championships in badminton from training 20 hours a week with a former member of the Chinese national team, and built a 9-inch Newtonian reflecting telescope before graduating among the top of my high school class.
I am academic and athletic, autonomous and ostentatious, errant and exuberant.
At the age of 20, studying neuroscience and anthropology and convinced that I would change the world through social medicine, I fundraised for several nonprofits involved with infectious disease prevention and disaster relief and flew to the epicenter of the 2010 Haiti megathrust earthquake to work with World Wide Village, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Partners In Health--handling a colorful array of responsibilities from running pharmaceuticals to hospital triage to administering anesthesia to suturing wounds to rubbling derelict homes to building field clinics to babysitting displaced orphans--in the midst of aftershocks and hurricanes.
I am contrarian, proletarian, humanitarian.
At the age of 21, I partnered with the Forest Foundation and a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School to pilot a work-study program for a cohort of undergrads to gather epidemiological data, conduct sociocultural research, and teach public and personal health curricula as well as environmental awareness in the two neediest slums of Lusaka, Zambia, where there is one of the poorest formal economies and highest rates of HIV prevalence in the world.
I am idealist, activist, social scientist.
By the age of 25, disillusioned with a transnational biomedical institution that pathologized every human “abnormality” to eventually propagate itself on high-volume sales of expensive drugs treating late-stage illnesses, and hopeful that socioeconomic inequality could be effectively alleviated, and with it resources for good health and education distributed, through simultaneous deployment of capital, spread of free knowledge, and inspiration of altruism (i.e. love)--I wanted to take on everyone’s problems, and I had become manic. I operated the largest international angel investment group in China, helped launch 20 social enterprises between Asia and the US/UK, and founded two companies of my own. (The first a wellness content platform that localized writing from health specialists including doctors, nutritionists, and fitness instructors and pushed it out through China’s most popular social media platform WeChat. It failed. The second a foreign exchange fund that managed a hot flurry of small investments without following federal regulations. It took in a couple hundred thousand dollars in three months.)
I am risk seeker. I am evangelist. I am entrepreneur.
I lost myself to the allure of capital, and I balled out of control. I hurt, but I could no longer distinguish between pain and pleasure. My nerves were afire, and I had to extinguish them. So I shut myself in. I isolated, I lived alone for months, and I meditated for over 1000 hours. And suddenly there it was again, the need for exhilaration. So I ran. I ran my first marathon in Seoul. Then I ran 52 miles over the mountains of Turkey. A 7100-foot vertical climb. I nearly died descending in the pitch darkness. It wasn’t enough. I had to escalate. I had to levitate. I would never see the pit before falling in. This temperament, it wasn’t rational. It was artistic.
Masochist. Optimist. Artist.
Only after realizing that I had spent my life aping convention, performing what was expected of me, and running from failure in those pursuits, only then could I hear my own curiosity.

These are some of the roles that I’ve played, from selfless clinician to self-interested currency trader, from emaciated ascetic to ultra-distance runner. I will be the frenetic prodigy CEO, the depressed addict, or the enlightened yogi depending on which foil the person nearest me demands. I’ve willfully occupied each, with reluctance. But I willingly act, with purpose. I electively, hungrily look for experiences and identities outside my own so that I can hold them for the few truthful moments that I am able to. However possible it is, and however naturally it comes to me, refuting another’s separate existence from my own--and then another, and then another--is what gives me faith in each day and peace in my sleep.

If we’re lucky, we discover endeavors that are worth our while. Here’s to the love I can shine on him such that you might see your own flaws and virtues in a stranger.

P.S. I was emasculated and oppressed by my stepfather growing up, and sexually abused by my cousin as a child, but those are experiences that have ultimately made me stronger. Me too. Whatever it is you want to do, if you're willing to sweat and bleed for it, you will achieve it.

Thank You for Your Faith and Support from the Bottom of My Heart
+
Onward,
CF
Tiers
Futurebaes
$3 or more per month

You're my Futurebae. 


: : : : : : : : :


You get 1 mystery shout-out post on my Instagram @fungable every single month <3


Naopleasers
$9 or more per month

You're my Naopleaser. 


: : : 


You are the Enso tattoo on my chest. You remind me of the importance of staying present, that all meaning is in this very moment. I want to please you rite nao.


: : : : : : : : :


You get a 333 word poem about why the world loves and needs you rite nao 

3 mystery shout-out posts on my Instagram @fungable every single month <3


Bumus
$90 or more per month

You're my Bumu.


: : :


My bad bitch. My tame impala. My icy light. We have a lot of names for each other. Too many, probably. I think of you daily. You pussystunt to tease me, and I respect you too much to touch you. You fuel me with your youthful energy, your shameless zest for life and learning. I owe you many priceless, present moments. 


: : : : : : : : :


You get a 9-minute original short film thematically inspired by the beautiful person and soul that you are, written and directed and acted in by me and my closest friends, rite nao 

6 mystery shout-out posts on my Instagram @fungable every single month <3


Vigils
$300 or more per month

You're my Vigil. 


: : : 


You are my tether to reality. I appreciate the past because of you. I love my friends and family because of you. I pay rent because of you. Tradition means something to me because of you. Culture and cognition are my passions because of you. I recognize the human condition is fraught, and rich, and endlessly worth elucidating because of you. I perform because of you, for you, because I recognize you and I are the same. Your collective grace will be humanity's saving grace.


: : : : : : : : :


You get 9 mystery shout-out posts on my Instagram @fungable rite nao 

a 3 hour in-person date with me where we get lunch/dinner and stare wordlessly into each other's eyes; drink coffee until we're jittery and dish on everything politically important and ridiculously mundane; go see a scary movie and annoy everyone around us by laughing the whole time (they're just jealous); or whatever you want, in the city of your choice, every single month <3


Ewsual
$3,000 or more per month

You're my Ewsual. 


: : :


We need to talk. I have to pay taxes because of you. This art patronage business was well and good when we kept it casual, but now I'm actually starting to feel like I owe you something. I don't want or need to feel that... Michelangelo's situation. It's clear you see real talent in me and want to invest in me in the long term, which I appreciate. You are who I've been waiting to meet for nearly three decades. Someone who understands that my career, life path, and impact on society are going to reach the heights you expect whether or not you choose to invest in it. Which is exactly what makes this a choice. Your choice. Still, as you know I am endlessly curious, why are you showing this level of support?


: : : : : : : : :


You get an original 90-minute feature film, entirely dedicated to you, written and directed and acted in by me and my closest friends -- on which you serve as Executive Producer -- the budget of which I will take from however many Ewsual monthly deposits you are comfortable with, the total amount of which you can designate beforehand in whatever necessary legalese. 


As EP, you can choose to be as involved in or hands-off of the production as you'd like. We will run a circuit including Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes to test successive cuts with private audiences, and screen the film at Amazon, YouTube, and Alibaba as we explore distribution options -- or whichever alternatives you prefer. Should the original concept continue in any sort of franchise, you will still be the assumed EP for subsequent productions unless we negotiate otherwise.


Forthcoming, as I assume you expected before throwing so much money my way, we are long-term partners. This is a marriage; we will need to make it work. We will co-found and incorporate a film studio (production company) together, we will run the business together, we will seek likeminded artists and create real characters, meaningful stories, inspiring art together. As long as you are my Ewsual patron, this is my word.


Hi, I'm Chris.


I am an actor by accident. I tripped and fell into performance art. It’s a strange story. Let me rewind.

Throughout my life, I have continually played roles in order to meet others’ expectations, and from a desperate fear of boredom. Ever since my father died when I was young, and since my family drove me to succeed across academic and professional domains regardless of my personal interest, I developed an unexpected, secretive, creative passion for role-playing--of taking on each emotional, intellectual, and physiological trapping of any given identity to the persuasion of those around me.

At the age of 4, my dad and primary role model passed away.
I am directionless child, effeminate boy, fearful minority.
At the age of 8, my mother remarried to a towering German American who would treat me as a financial investment and corporate employee for the twenty years of our relationship.
I am hungry for affection, grateful for attention, performing for recognition.
At the age of 10, I entered a premier youth symphony and began my touring career as principal violist, performing in a half-dozen countries at venues including Dvořák Hall in Prague, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro dell'Opera in Florence.
I am young musician, global traveler, bridge builder.
At the age of 12, I took the SAT early and was invited by Johns Hopkins University to study accelerated physics and humanities to “enrich” my life.
I am precocious but bored, ambitious but jaded, conscientious but impatient.
At the age of 13, friends and I deduced algorithms used by the world’s first multinational smartphone company to issue serial numbers for their new palm pilots, and used them to steal thousands of dollars of merchandise from their affiliate cash-rebate program--which nearly got my family sued and our group expelled from one of the top prep schools in California.
I am experimenter, pragmatist, delinquent.
By the age of 18, I had become a regular street racer, started a fight club with buddies, ostracized myself from my student body for a marijuana scandal that did result in expulsion and suspension for many of my friends and me, won regional championships in badminton from training 20 hours a week with a former member of the Chinese national team, and built a 9-inch Newtonian reflecting telescope before graduating among the top of my high school class.
I am academic and athletic, autonomous and ostentatious, errant and exuberant.
At the age of 20, studying neuroscience and anthropology and convinced that I would change the world through social medicine, I fundraised for several nonprofits involved with infectious disease prevention and disaster relief and flew to the epicenter of the 2010 Haiti megathrust earthquake to work with World Wide Village, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Partners In Health--handling a colorful array of responsibilities from running pharmaceuticals to hospital triage to administering anesthesia to suturing wounds to rubbling derelict homes to building field clinics to babysitting displaced orphans--in the midst of aftershocks and hurricanes.
I am contrarian, proletarian, humanitarian.
At the age of 21, I partnered with the Forest Foundation and a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard Medical School to pilot a work-study program for a cohort of undergrads to gather epidemiological data, conduct sociocultural research, and teach public and personal health curricula as well as environmental awareness in the two neediest slums of Lusaka, Zambia, where there is one of the poorest formal economies and highest rates of HIV prevalence in the world.
I am idealist, activist, social scientist.
By the age of 25, disillusioned with a transnational biomedical institution that pathologized every human “abnormality” to eventually propagate itself on high-volume sales of expensive drugs treating late-stage illnesses, and hopeful that socioeconomic inequality could be effectively alleviated, and with it resources for good health and education distributed, through simultaneous deployment of capital, spread of free knowledge, and inspiration of altruism (i.e. love)--I wanted to take on everyone’s problems, and I had become manic. I operated the largest international angel investment group in China, helped launch 20 social enterprises between Asia and the US/UK, and founded two companies of my own. (The first a wellness content platform that localized writing from health specialists including doctors, nutritionists, and fitness instructors and pushed it out through China’s most popular social media platform WeChat. It failed. The second a foreign exchange fund that managed a hot flurry of small investments without following federal regulations. It took in a couple hundred thousand dollars in three months.)
I am risk seeker. I am evangelist. I am entrepreneur.
I lost myself to the allure of capital, and I balled out of control. I hurt, but I could no longer distinguish between pain and pleasure. My nerves were afire, and I had to extinguish them. So I shut myself in. I isolated, I lived alone for months, and I meditated for over 1000 hours. And suddenly there it was again, the need for exhilaration. So I ran. I ran my first marathon in Seoul. Then I ran 52 miles over the mountains of Turkey. A 7100-foot vertical climb. I nearly died descending in the pitch darkness. It wasn’t enough. I had to escalate. I had to levitate. I would never see the pit before falling in. This temperament, it wasn’t rational. It was artistic.
Masochist. Optimist. Artist.
Only after realizing that I had spent my life aping convention, performing what was expected of me, and running from failure in those pursuits, only then could I hear my own curiosity.

These are some of the roles that I’ve played, from selfless clinician to self-interested currency trader, from emaciated ascetic to ultra-distance runner. I will be the frenetic prodigy CEO, the depressed addict, or the enlightened yogi depending on which foil the person nearest me demands. I’ve willfully occupied each, with reluctance. But I willingly act, with purpose. I electively, hungrily look for experiences and identities outside my own so that I can hold them for the few truthful moments that I am able to. However possible it is, and however naturally it comes to me, refuting another’s separate existence from my own--and then another, and then another--is what gives me faith in each day and peace in my sleep.

If we’re lucky, we discover endeavors that are worth our while. Here’s to the love I can shine on him such that you might see your own flaws and virtues in a stranger.

P.S. I was emasculated and oppressed by my stepfather growing up, and sexually abused by my cousin as a child, but those are experiences that have ultimately made me stronger. Me too. Whatever it is you want to do, if you're willing to sweat and bleed for it, you will achieve it.

Thank You for Your Faith and Support from the Bottom of My Heart
+
Onward,
CF

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Tiers
Futurebaes
$3 or more per month

You're my Futurebae. 


: : : : : : : : :


You get 1 mystery shout-out post on my Instagram @fungable every single month <3


Naopleasers
$9 or more per month

You're my Naopleaser. 


: : : 


You are the Enso tattoo on my chest. You remind me of the importance of staying present, that all meaning is in this very moment. I want to please you rite nao.


: : : : : : : : :


You get a 333 word poem about why the world loves and needs you rite nao 

3 mystery shout-out posts on my Instagram @fungable every single month <3


Bumus
$90 or more per month

You're my Bumu.


: : :


My bad bitch. My tame impala. My icy light. We have a lot of names for each other. Too many, probably. I think of you daily. You pussystunt to tease me, and I respect you too much to touch you. You fuel me with your youthful energy, your shameless zest for life and learning. I owe you many priceless, present moments. 


: : : : : : : : :


You get a 9-minute original short film thematically inspired by the beautiful person and soul that you are, written and directed and acted in by me and my closest friends, rite nao 

6 mystery shout-out posts on my Instagram @fungable every single month <3


Vigils
$300 or more per month

You're my Vigil. 


: : : 


You are my tether to reality. I appreciate the past because of you. I love my friends and family because of you. I pay rent because of you. Tradition means something to me because of you. Culture and cognition are my passions because of you. I recognize the human condition is fraught, and rich, and endlessly worth elucidating because of you. I perform because of you, for you, because I recognize you and I are the same. Your collective grace will be humanity's saving grace.


: : : : : : : : :


You get 9 mystery shout-out posts on my Instagram @fungable rite nao 

a 3 hour in-person date with me where we get lunch/dinner and stare wordlessly into each other's eyes; drink coffee until we're jittery and dish on everything politically important and ridiculously mundane; go see a scary movie and annoy everyone around us by laughing the whole time (they're just jealous); or whatever you want, in the city of your choice, every single month <3


Ewsual
$3,000 or more per month

You're my Ewsual. 


: : :


We need to talk. I have to pay taxes because of you. This art patronage business was well and good when we kept it casual, but now I'm actually starting to feel like I owe you something. I don't want or need to feel that... Michelangelo's situation. It's clear you see real talent in me and want to invest in me in the long term, which I appreciate. You are who I've been waiting to meet for nearly three decades. Someone who understands that my career, life path, and impact on society are going to reach the heights you expect whether or not you choose to invest in it. Which is exactly what makes this a choice. Your choice. Still, as you know I am endlessly curious, why are you showing this level of support?


: : : : : : : : :


You get an original 90-minute feature film, entirely dedicated to you, written and directed and acted in by me and my closest friends -- on which you serve as Executive Producer -- the budget of which I will take from however many Ewsual monthly deposits you are comfortable with, the total amount of which you can designate beforehand in whatever necessary legalese. 


As EP, you can choose to be as involved in or hands-off of the production as you'd like. We will run a circuit including Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes to test successive cuts with private audiences, and screen the film at Amazon, YouTube, and Alibaba as we explore distribution options -- or whichever alternatives you prefer. Should the original concept continue in any sort of franchise, you will still be the assumed EP for subsequent productions unless we negotiate otherwise.


Forthcoming, as I assume you expected before throwing so much money my way, we are long-term partners. This is a marriage; we will need to make it work. We will co-found and incorporate a film studio (production company) together, we will run the business together, we will seek likeminded artists and create real characters, meaningful stories, inspiring art together. As long as you are my Ewsual patron, this is my word.