Tang showed an early interest in computers, beginning to learn Perl programming at age 12. Two years later, she dropped out of high school, unable to adapt to student life. By the year 2000, at the age of 19, Tang had already held positions in software companies, and worked in California's Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur. In late 2005, Tang began to transitioning her gender identity as a trans woman, including changing her English and Chinese names, citing a need to "reconcile her outward appearance with her self-image". Taiwan's Eastern Television reports that she has an IQ of 180. She is a vocal proponent for autodidacticism and individualist anarchism.