tina chu | pronouns: she/her
is an illustrator and zinemaker who’s academically trained as a linguist + cultural theorist. her love for word and image was sparked at a young age by the Mandarin textbooks she grew up with in Taiwan.
madcrush is named for the years tina spent meandering before rekindling her love of illustration; a period of time where the only way she flexed her creative muscles was via snail mail to friends abroad, depicting crushes of the day. now, tina’s coups de coeur are featured in her zines. these crushes include all things from fitness foibles, info on cervical exams, to reflections on her diasporic experience as a 1.5 generation immigrant settler.
outside of illustration, tina can be found crushing hard on her burpee-per-minute count, putting kimchi on (almost) everything, collecting #suburbanviews on instagram and rocks in real life.
tina is based out of Mississauga/Toronto—and she acknowledges it’s the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
she recognizes that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. for more information and resources, please visit Toronto for All.