A near-death experience was the catalyst to a card game that pays homage to bubble tea and the Asian American experience
DAVIS, Calif. — Laughter. Dessert. Play. It's life's simple pleasures that entrepreneur, Eric Chen lives for. The Bay Area native and UC Davis graduate is the creator of Sabobatage, the first Boba card game in the United States.
Between sips of tea and explaining the rules to friends, are little moments that almost never happened.
"So, I had gotten into this crazy car accident," Chen begins to explain.
Five years ago, Eric's friend fell asleep at the wheel. The car crashed into a tree.
"The seatbelt had pulled on my stomach so hard that my intestines had ruptured," Chen said.
With no memory of the crash, he woke up from emergency surgery to a year-long recovery. He battled complications of internal bleeding that sent him in and out of …