After almost 16 years of incarceration, Jonathan Chiu reflects on stress while starting a new life in Oakland
Born in Hong Kong, Jonathan immigrated to the US with his family when he was 8. He struggled with assimilation and personal family turmoil. At age 22 he was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for first-degree murder. In September 2014 he was transferred to San Quentin State Prison where he ran marathons, created crossword puzzles for the San Quentin News and Wall City magazine, and began performing stand up comedy. Jonathan was released on May 1, 2020 and is beginning his next chapter in Oakland.