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About

Matthew is both an undergrad senior getting a BA in Communication at USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and Progressive Master’s student of Studies in Law (MSL) at the USC Gould School of Law. He has a strong passion for social justice issues including gender inequality, LGBTQ+ issues, homelessness, and income inequality, and values seeing the world with an intersectional lens. He hopes that his impact in the community will be through his skills in communicating social issues through carefully fabricated multi-media messages.

As both a communication scholar and designer, Matthew creates effective social and political messages through different forms of media.  

 

PUBLICATIONS

DESIGN PORTFOLIO

VIDEO PROJECTS

FEATURES

 
 

I am the One Percent: Leveraging Privilege for Social Change

MY GRANDPARENTS, the first generation in my family to immigrate to the U.S. from Hong Kong, ran multiple restaurants and were considered middle-class. Although they were not rich, they were able to save enough money to invest in real estate where they used most of that money for their current retirement...

Low-income tenants grapple with rent increases and evictions in LA’s affordable housing crisis

Ten years ago single mother Robin Line and her two children moved into a low-income apartment building in South Los Angeles’s Vermont-Slauson neighborhood. Over all she said living there, and the stability it provided, has “been very beneficial to help my children get educated and be a part of a community.”

 
 
 
 
 

Survivors’ Action - AB 1510

USC hired a lobbying firm for $80,000 to oppose AB 1510, a bill that will extend the statute of limitations for survivors of sexual assault. This would allow victims an extra year to file claims against the university. In addition to helping organize the rally, I filmed and edited this video in an effort to help spread the word of the university’s actions. With over 4.2k views on Facebook, the law firm representing the Tyndall survivors set this to the Capitol as a tool to advocate for AB 1510. On October 2, 2019, AB 1510 was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Trojan Shelter Introduction

As the Director of Media, I organized the production of an introductory video for Trojan Shelter, a student organization with a mission to house college students experiencing homelessness.

 
 

American Dream

Social and Political Design

AWE

Personal Projects

 

I helped create a photo album challenging the current notions of the American Dream. Our mission was to expand American aspirations to marginalized groups of people. We specifically chose people who are on the margins – whether they be queer, female, a person of color, etc – in order to visually display our diverse array of individuals in our nation. Our goal in the end was to challenge whiteness and celebrate diversity.

 With my design skills, knowledge of the nonprofit sector combined with the goal of designing media for social change, I thought creating a booklet around how NGO’s can help change domestic violence in Los Angeles was the way to go. I wanted to do a booklet because I wanted something that was tangible. I wanted the reader to have this ability to hold the composition, flip the page, make notes and leave it somewhere visible. This is because an internet page is very easy to make go away. All it takes is a click of the button. However, if printed and tangible, the chance it is not thrown away is decreased, and it is then left for someone else to read. The content and the organization is a strategic choice, in which my target audience - a motivated philanthropist - will feel a sense of agency in which that their capital will have true impact to domestic violence in Los Angeles.

Here are a few of my designs I made that all hold a social or political theme, whether in imagery or typography.

 

The Ken Fong Podcast

Matthew Lee shares about his online article “I Am The One Percent” in Inheritance magazine. Matthew discusses how he survived middle-school bullying, the frequent conflict between institutional values and cultural realities, and why it would be great if LGBTQ+ individuals didn’t have to “come out”.

Trojan Shelter created to help serve college students throughout L.A. who are housing insecure

After World War II, when the Japanese American community returned to Los Angeles after having been forced into internment camps, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Koreatown opened its doors to those who had nowhere else to go. Now, thanks to some committed Trojans, the church is once again opening its doors — this time for college students who don’t have a place to sleep at night….