I am a freelance journalist currently backpacking through Asia.
My goal is to eventually visit all the provincial-level administrative units in China. There are 34 official ones. So far, I've visited 13.
I've written stories for VICE, Eater, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, BBC, CNN, CBS Los Angeles, Town & Country Magazine, First We Feast, Food Network, Time Out Los Angeles, Serious Eats, Bold Italic, KCET, Brit + Co, Discover Los Angeles.
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 a 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 contributed to Fodor's Los Angeles and wrote the food and beverage sections for the Louis Vuitton's forthcoming Taipei guidebook. You may have seen me on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, CBS Los Angeles, or on CCTV talking Chinese food. I used to lead food tours in Los Angeles. I was a former food columnist for KCET.
Once I gave a speech to NASA about Chinese food.
These days, I am mostly interested in stories about sustainability, the environment, climate change, and food.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese.