In a new series of interviews conducted by Hedge Funds Club boss Stefan Nilsson, we are aiming to get under the skin of interesting people related to the hedge fund industry. The interviews focus on the people and the good life. Here’s our chat with Ashley Tang in Hong Kong.
From where and how do you get your daily general news updates?
I get my news updates by iPhone or directly to my email. For news on the hedge fund industry, I read a lot off Bloomberg and local launches from HFM. For leisure, some of my favourite articles focus on health and wellness off Mind Body Green and for perspective I like op-eds in Foreign Affairs.
What do you do to unwind on a weekend?
I cook a lot, hike, and call my family and friends during weekends. I don’t go out too much for drinks, it’s kind of rare, and prefer good day-time chat.
Can you name a great book you have recently read?
“The Kremlin’s Candidate” by Jason Matthews as well as “Attached” by Amir Levine, MD and Rachel S.F. Heller, MA.
Soundtrack of choice?
Some good throwback R&B and hip hop! Love old school playlists.
What drink do you start the day with and what drink finishes it?
Tea with milk and lots of water during days and evenings.
What gives you energy?
Being around a group of energetic people and laughing.
How do you stay grounded and focused as a person in these turbulent and fast-changing times?
I take everything day by day and I go at my own pace. In times like these, I will shut off the news and will reach out to friends and family to connect so we can share our day together.
Can you name a terrific restaurant that you love?
I’m a food writer so there’s a lot of places I like in Hong Kong. But a memorable restaurant that I discovered when it first opened was Arbor.
What’s your favourite museum in the world?
Musée de L’Orangerie in Paris! It’s smaller in square footage and less overwhelming versus the Louvre and The Met, focusing on a handful of impressionist and post-impressionist artists making art more digestible. Also, Monet is one of my favourite artists and I could be surrounded by eight large “Water Lilies” murals every day.
Are you active on social media and what do you actually use it for?
As a young professional, yes, but my social media use has decreased over the years. I use it mostly to post my food articles and promote restaurants/bars I wrote on, and other local businesses I work with for marketing. It’s a great hobby!
Do you have any secret guilty pleasure that you are prepared to reveal here?
Honestly, chips and looking at memes – I can’t help it. Also, reading food reviews from the New York Times. I like how articulate and sarcastic they can be.
What kind of battle dress do you normally put on for work?
That’s a good question. I guess it depends on the day! I like floral print or neutral colour dresses.
Do you celebrate your wins? If so, how?
No matter how big or small the wins, I think it’s important to acknowledge every milestone. Sometimes I like going out for dinner with a friend to celebrate or I will call my mom and dad.
What makes you happy?
Oh my, I feel I have a lot of answers for this question but I am happy when I achieved my goals or know the effort I put into a project, tasks, etc. show a successful outcome. It makes me happy to be around people and have a great conversation whether for work, connecting with other industry professionals, or meeting or being with friends.