Tyler was born and raised in New York City and raised trilingual, speaking Cantonese with his father and Thai with his mother, which set the grounds for his intense interest in language. His interest continued when he entered Hunter College High School, where he learned both Spanish and French, and it didn't stop there. When he began college at Yale University, he had the privilege of studying both Korean and Japanese, and it was there that he discovered his passion for linguistics.
During a fellowship, Tyler was able to live in Seoul, South Korea for a year where he was immersed in intensive Korean language classes. While there, he also tutored ESL speakers and translated multiple Korean language learning textbooks for English speakers. After he graduated summa cum laude from Yale with a B.A. with distinction in Linguistics, he received another fellowship that allowed him to live on the remote island of Ishigaki in southern Japan for a year, where he was also able to conduct fieldwork documenting endangered languages spoken there. He is currently a Ph.D student in linguistics at Harvard University. His research focuses on historical linguistics and understanding and modeling patterns of language change.
In his free time, he enjoys catching up on TV shows, reading books, biking, and just wandering around cities. He also loves to cook, especially Thai food.