Christy Hui, Director

If life hands you lemons, make a lemonade empire!

My story

I am a dreamer. Have been since I was a little girl growing up in China. My family moved to the United States when I was a teenager.

Shy and speaking embarrassingly poor English, I felt so out of place. Not just a foreigner or an alien, more like a “foreign alien.” I befriended burritos and blew up like a balloon. Seriously, my size doubled in 3 months. My self-confidence was shattered. My dreams were on life support. It was not pretty.

A combination of realizations catapulted me out of my collapse; I couldn’t squeeze into my jeans, didn’t understand what the other schoolkids said, and my young spirit was getting loud, “Christy, wake up! This is not who you are!”

So I sought a way out and discovered a new friend – not wrapped in a tortilla. The Tube! Television became my tutor. Watching TV was homework. For kids reading this today, TV is for after homework.

Climbing out of my fat-rut, adapting to a new culture, and learning a language during my teenage years taught me a valuable life lesson: 

If life hands you lemons, make a lemonade empire!

This principle guides my life – a journey of constant change and personal/professional growth. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thank you for visiting the 9 DRAGONS TEA website, and I hope to sip tea with you sometime…

With love & gratitude,


Prior to becoming a filmmaker, I worked with media companies including Sony Pictures, DirecTV, and TV Guide. (You might not remember it, but Google it. Trust me, it was cool.) While at Sony, I was part of a small expatriate team based in Hong Kong developing and managing a pan-regional entertainment network named AXN.

In 2000, I founded ActionFliks Media, an award-winning studio with a simple goal: Create enduring entertainment for kids and families.

This endeavor taught me that successful franchises take more than just great ideas. You need a team of talented individuals and creative-forward networks to make things happen.

My other creations include XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN (produced by Warner Brother’s Animation and aired on Cartoon Network worldwide), HULALA GIRLS, XIAOLIN CHRONICLES, and brand video storytelling for companies such as Amprion


  • Two Emmy Awards for Xiaolin Showdown
  • Seven Telly Awards for Xiaolin Chronicles & Amprion & other brand storytelling 
  • One W3 for Amprion 

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