Hi! I'm an American journalist based in Hong Kong.
I work for the South China Morning Post as a senior reporter.
Previously, I was a full-time nomadic freelance writer. I wrote stories for VICE, Eater, LA Weekly, Town and Country, Bon Appetit, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, BBC, CNN, CBS, First We Feast, Food Network, Time Out Los Angeles, Serious Eats, Bold Italic, KCET, Brit + Co, Food 52, USA Today, Discover Los Angeles. I contributed to Fodor's Los Angeles 2015 guidebook and wrote the food and beverage sections for Louis Vuitton's Taipei guidebook.
Once I gave a speech to NASA about Chinese food. A couple years ago, AOL did a short little video on my career as a food writer.
In 2015, I wrote a story for VICE about the dismal working conditions at a Nicaraguan rum company's sugarcane fields. My piece led to an industry-wide boycott of the rum. While I was there, I did a piece about volcano boarding and its effect on local Nicaraguan tourism for Outside Magazine.
For GOOD Magazine, I traveled to Northern California for week and uncovered the unsung story of the Chinese and Japanese immigrants who brought rice to California. And back in 2012, I found a man who has eaten at over 6,500 Chinese restaurants and broke that story for LA Weekly.
I've written extensively on Chinese food. I compiled a regional Chinese food guide to Los Angeles for KCET and for First We Feast, I penned a research-heavy piece on why Los Angeles has the best Chinese food scene in North America. I also wrote about Chinese restaurants for the Los Angeles Times.
So far, I've visited and written about 17 provincial-level administrative units in China. Alhambra Source interviewed me on my trip here. I gave a TEDx talk on my experience in China in 2017. I am also currently writing a column for East West Bank on regional Chinese recipes.
These days, I am mostly interested in sustainable food systems, minority food cultures, indigenous ecological knowledge, ocean conservation, and environmental justice.
Los Angeles is home; New York City is where I went to college. I double-majored in broadcast journalism and politics at New York University. When I was in college, I was a regular food blogger for the Village Voice and a USA Today Collegiate Correspondent.
I used to hike incredibly active volcanoes in Nicaragua as a volunteer backpacking guide for an NGO where we did overnight trips and took people volcano boarding. I got terribly lost in the jungle once there; it ended up being a spectacular bonding experience.
Wilderness First Aid certified; fluent in Mandarin Chinese. I received my Permaculture Design Certificate from Finca Tierra in Costa Rica, where I lived off-the-grid in the jungle for six weeks practicing regenerative agriculture. I am also a certified California Naturalist.
Living my dream life. Eventually I hope to have my own food forest and seaweed farm -- preferably by the beach.