Hello! I’m a journalist in Vancouver writing about urban health, race, and equality. I also facilitate workshops on writing, media, and social change.
My recent work includes a series on loss and B.C.’s overdose crisis for Tyee Solutions Society, which follows a series I published earlier this year on community solutions to B.C.’s overdose crisis through Tyee Solutions Society and Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement Knowledge Mobilization Lab.
Other writing has recently appeared in VICE Munchies (a personal essay on ancestry and food), the winter 2016 issue of Maisonneuve magazine (on the untold history of Chinese-Canadian farmers in Vancouver), and is forthcoming in Maisonneuve (a long feature exploring the connections between B.C.’s HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1990s and the current overdose crisis).
I’ve facilitated writing and media workshops since 2011. I’m currently facilitating a creative writing workshop at Onsite, a transitional housing and detox program above Vancouver’s supervised injection facility. I also co-facilitate Community Journalism 101, an inclusive journalism class for people facing barriers through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement running through June 2017.
Earlier this year, I facilitated media training workshops with the youth leadership program Next Up; facilitated a student journalism workshop on sensitive reporting for CiTR, and facilitated workshops in the fall 2016 and spring 2017 iterations of the feminist arts leadership program The Future is You and Me.
From January 2014 to December 2016, I taught over 1,000 undergraduate students in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.
I have previously worked as the editor at Megaphone, a social enterprise providing meaningful work for people experiencing poverty; as a housing reporter for Tyee Solutions Society; as a writer for the Museum of Vancouver’s first digital exhibition; and as a staff writer for the Westender, an urban weekly in Vancouver.
Outside of work, I’m part of the board of directors of the Hua Foundation, a non-profit empowering youth from the Asian diaspora to explore their racialized identities and advance social change. I love spending time with the people in my life, reading fiction, watching comedy, and running in glorious silence.