ABOUT

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I am an American journalist based in Hong Kong

I work for Goldthread, a digital imprint of the South China Morning Post. I am a senior reporter and I produce videos and write articles about Chinese food, culture, and identity.  

Previously, I was a full-time freelance writer. I filed stories for the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, NPR, BBC, CNN, VICE, Eater, USA Today, LA Weekly, Saveur, Town and Country, Bon Appetit, CBS Los Angeles, First We Feast, Food Network, Time Out Los Angeles, Serious Eats, Food 52, among others.

Before all that, I was an assistant web producer at KCET in Los Angeles, where I had my own food column.

I’ve co-authored and updated a handful of guidebooks. I contributed to Fodor's Los Angeles 2014 and helped update Fodor’s Essential China 2019. I wrote the food and beverage sections for Louis Vuitton's Taipei guidebook

You may have seen me on Bizarre Foods with Andrew ZimmernCBS Los Angeles,  CCTV, or on AJ+ talking Chinese food. 

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 was a Jonathan Gold scout and wrote about Chinese restaurants for the Los Angeles Times.

So far, I've visited and written about 21 provincial-level administrative units in China. Alhambra Source interviewed me on my trip here. I also had my own column for East West Bank on regional Chinese recipes.

An article I wrote about how China and Taiwan now transmit food trends to California was part of a SF Chronicle package that won a 2019 James Beard Award.

These days, I am mostly interested in sustainable agroforestry.  

I'm fascinated with food forests.  I've written about them in the Ecuadorian Amazon, up in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, on a Native-American reservation in South Dakota, in the depths of Taiwan, and in urban Los Angeles. 

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

One day I hope to own my own parcel of land and grow food.