SO holds an MFA degree from Yale School of Art and attended an MA program in Arts Administration at Columbia University. She has received various awards such as the Nairn Scholarship, Lila Acheson Wallace Scholarship from Reader’s Digest and the Yale Full Tuition Waiver. She worked in the nonprofit sector in New York and Hong Kong where she also taught at SVA, RMIT as well as SCAD and several other higher education institutions.
Her photographic work on the fast-growing and ever-changing cityscape of Hong Kong has been awarded numerous publication and exhibition grants from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She was a finalist for the “Asian Art Prize” in 2008, 2011 and 2013.
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens in 2021, the Art Promotion Office commissioned SO to create work for its Hi! Flora, Fauna project. Previously, she also received commission work for Nikon Asia for the 4th edition of its Through Asian Eyes campaign, curated by the Objectifs, Center for Photography and Film, in Singapore.
Her photographic series, ‘A Thousand Messages,’ featured at the 4th Hong Kong International Photo Festival, was collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.