I am trained as a print news reporter and digital lifestyle journalist. My beats include identity politics (gender, race, disability), health, social issues and relationships. I received my master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School, where I studied investigative health care reporting, multi-platform design and advanced photojournalism. After graduation, I published my master’s project on navigating the dating world for women with disabilities in The New York Times.
I’ve interned with amNewYork newspaper (published by Newsday), covering police shootings, political rallies, Broadway musicals, the local food/drink scene and pop culture. I published four cover stories and interviewed George Takei, Grandmaster Flash and celebrities on the red carpet. Most recently I was a lifestyle fellow for Bustle, where I covered popular food trends, sex and relationships, the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s policies and identity politics. I was also a guest speaker and co-producer for an episode of “I Want It That Way,” Bustle’s sex and relationships podcast.
I grew up in Boston and eastern North Carolina, and would spend my summer breaks in Shanghai, China where my family is from. Besides English, I speak Mandarin and Shanghainese. Since birth, I’ve worn a tracheostomy (trach) tube that helps me breathe. My disability doesn’t affect my ability to be a journalist or function like any other human being. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that you can do anything you set your mind to. What else? My favorite TV couple is Lily and Marshall, but only after Clark and Lois. My notebook includes bits and pieces of poetry, random dialogue from overheard conversations and the occasional light bulb idea.
I’m passionate about identity. Culture is what connects people together, while our individual experiences set us apart. I’m a journalist because I want to give a voice to people who haven’t had the chance or may not even know they have something to say. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and that happiness is a lifestyle.
About My Blog:
I write about books, beauty, food, journalism and simple, everyday musings about all the good things in life. This blog is where I record my culinary adventures in NYC, movie reviews, book recommendations, travel excursions, journalistic endeavors and beauty/makeup reviews. (Any products I review were purchased by me – no sponsorship – unless stated otherwise.) I also talk about my life and whatever else is on my mind: stories, worries, hopes, dreams, childhood, etc. Occasionally, you’ll find interviews and guest posts by fellow writers.
I’ve been blogging on and off since 2009, and it’s something that I always come back to. Blogging has not only given me an outlet of expression, but also a sense of community. I’ve created so many friendships through blogging that have lasted years. Over the years, my blog has grown and changed with me like any other part of my life.
I post new writing and lifestyle content two or three times each week. I also use the hashtag #DailyWings to share awesome quotes on my blog and on Twitter. I hope to inspire my readers to look for happiness everywhere.
Come join me on my adventures.