When I was eight years old, my mother bought me a Mead spiral-bound notebook. I filled that book, and many more after that, with my observations and thoughts. After an ill-fated few semesters attempting to be pre-med at Berkeley, I realized that I’ve always loved words and stories and that I would find a way to make a career out of them.
Places I have worked: restaurants, TV newsrooms, ski resorts. Ask me about it sometime.
Since 2008, I’ve run the blog HapaMama, which is a compilation of my personal stories, recipes, and interesting news items centering around Asian mixed-race families. My food and culture writing has been featured on NPR, Public Radio International, Shondaland, and Paste.
Previously, I have been the News & Politics Editor for BlogHer.com, managing daily first-person content from women writers of a diversity of racial, political, and cultural backgrounds. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Rhetoric and then training at the Stanford Mass Media Institute, I worked for five years as a broadcast journalist for several network affiliate TV stations.
I am an alumna of the VONA and Tin House writing workshops, and my essays have been published in the anthologies Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Wordand Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Utterly Heartbreaking Art of Parenting (both by City Works Press).
I’m currently seeking representation for a memoir about the way food often took the place of words to bridge language and culture gaps in my immigrant family.