Innovation Fellow

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JOSEPH LAM

Co-Creator, Parents Are Human
Sparking deep conversations across generations to bridge language and cultural divides, especially within immigrant families

Joseph Lam is a second-generation Chinese American entrepreneur on a mission to help people connect deeply with their parents. For the past few years, the most important priority in his life has been healing the broken relationship he had with his immigrant parents for over a decade. Joseph wanted to get to know his mom and dad before it was too late and co-created Parents Are Human to help others do the same.

Parents Are Human is a bilingual card game that helps spark deep conversations between you and your loved ones. Each deck contains 70 increasingly deep prompts, with two levels of difficulty, to inspire connection, compassion and vulnerability. Each card includes a question or action in English on the front and a translated language (now in 15 language editions) on the back to help bridge language, culture, and generational gaps.