Jon Brilliant in our hearts


Jonathan Brilliant

Independent Writing and Editing Professional

San Francisco Bay Area Writing and Editing


  1. 1Author at Manuscriptorium


  1. 1Product Manager, Community Features Editor at Triporati Inc.

  2. 2Youth Culture Analyst and China Consultant at Apple Inc.

  3. 3Interpreter, Photographer at Seva Foundation

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  1. 1Columbia College

  2. 2Central Academy

  3. 3College courses at Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth

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Public Profile


Innovative and intelligent cultural analyst with academic, corporate and first-hand experience in art, education, social media, writing and editing, mass communications and linguistics. Unique variety and diligent work ethic add value to almost any industry. Interested in work that challenges existing skills and also teaches new ones. A very fast learner with top-tier educational background. Highly personable, multicultural, detail-oriented and enthusiastic.


Art, art history, linguistics, language, media, mass media, marketing, social media, youth culture, cultural analysis, multiculturalism, translation, Chinese, English, French, German, Arabic, branding and identity, public relations, press releases, product management, product innovation, publicity, supervisory skills, travel, editing, writing, curating, details, presentation, synthesis.




Writing and Editing industry

February 2008 – Present (3 years 7 months)

In late stages of drafting a non-fiction book that deals with learning those first "hard truths" about life. What happens when the teenager's invincibility complex shatters? What happens to healthy young people who get cancer? The book deals with the trauma and eventual rite of passage that comprises that rude awakening that follows the proverbial "sleeping in" that is college. Contact me for more details.

Also applying for graduate study in Anthropology at Oxford - would love to meet anyone doing Visual Anthropology anywhere, or Oxford students at all!

Product Manager, Community Features Editor

Triporati Inc.

Privately Held; Media Production industry

May 2009 – August 2009 (4 months)

Youth Culture Analyst and China Consultant

Apple Inc.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AAPL; Computer Hardware industry

October 2007 – October 2008 (1 year 1 month)

Interpreter, Photographer

Seva Foundation

Translation and Localization industry

July 2005 – October 2007 (2 years 4 months)

Personal Assistant, Translator

Xu Bing Studios

Fine Art industry

September 2005 – March 2006 (7 months)

French Instructor

School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Writing and Editing industry

September 2005 – December 2005 (4 months)


Columbia College

BA, Art History, Linguistics, Mandarin Chinese

2003 – 2007

Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, 3.97 GPA, Departmental Honors, Dean's List.

Honors Art History Thesis: "Red Photosynthesis: The Aesthetic Politics of Mao Zedong"

Other Prizes & Awards:
· Fulbright Award, China: 2007-2008.
· École Normale Supérieure: Special Selection for Graduate Study (Deferred)
· Columbia University, Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa
· Columbia University, Art History Departmental Honors: 2007
· Weatherhead East Asian Institute Research Grant: Summer 2006.
· Columbia Department of Art History Travel Grant: Summer 2006.
· Taiwanese Ministry of Education Mandarin Study Grant: Summer 2004

Activities and Societies: Phi Beta Kappa

Central Academy

Fine Arts, History; Theory of Art

College courses at Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth

Columbia University

Columbia University

B.A, Art History and Linguistics

Dublin City University

Goethe Institut

Junior year at l'École Américaine de Rennes in Brittany (home-stay).

National Taiwan Normal University

San Francisco University High School

University of California, Berkeley

Contact Jonathan for:

With my uniquely diverse background and my broad availability, I am open to a lot of opportunities. I am currently looking for part- or full-time in the SF Bay Area. With my background in the arts and mass culture, I am interested in work in the Fine Arts, retail, and photography. I love languages, and would be interested in cross-cultural education/preservation, translation, analystic writing or even cultural consulting. I am a writer at heart, and anything from catalogues raisonnées to walltext, weekly columns to press releases to academic research - will appeal to me. I am shopping locally right now, but for the right job, I would be interested in traveling to relocate, especially to another country. I am especially interested in work relating to China, France, fine arts, technology, culture and writing.

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  3. 3new ventures

  4. 4job inquiries

  5. 5expertise requests

  6. 6business deals

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Jon passed early 2011. I miss him in our world.