Joannie was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada when she was three. Before law school, Joannie obtained a B.A. (Hons.) with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, specializing in International Relations and majoring in Contemporary Asian Studies. Throughout her degree, she was actively involved in student life and served as the president of the Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union.
As a law student at the University of Victoria, Joannie served as Co-President of the UVic Pan-Asian Law Society and as the Equity and Diversity Student Representative. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant for one of the faculty’s professors. She also volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada, initiating a legal education project in partnership with RainCity Housing for her community in Richmond. In 2020, she competed on behalf of the university in the Harold G. Fox Moot, a national intellectual property moot competition in Toronto. In the summer of 2019, she worked as a co-op student at the Department of Justice (Vancouver) in the Aboriginal Law Section.
Outside the office, Joannie enjoys cooking various Taiwanese dishes and crocheting toys and hats for her cat, Yo-yo.