Hello! I’m a facilitator and writer in Vancouver interested in urban health, race, and equity. I facilitate workshops on writing, media, and social change.
I’ve facilitated writing and media workshops since 2011. I co-facilitate Community Journalism 101, an inclusive journalism class for people facing barriers through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. It runs each year in the spring and fall. I am facilitating a new series of storytelling workshops for people impacted by addiction through Megaphone and the Overdose Prevention Society in fall 2017. From April-August 2017, I facilitated a creative writing workshop at Onsite, a transitional housing and detox program above Vancouver’s supervised injection facility.
I facilitate media training and journalism workshops for youth, including Indigenous Youth in Action BC, the youth leadership program Next Up, the student radio station CiTR, and the feminist arts leadership program The Future is You and Me. I am frequently called upon to host or contribute to public panel discussions including the DOXA documentary film festival and events through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
From January 2014 to December 2016, I taught over 1,000 undergraduate students in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.
My recent journalism 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 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 cover story exploring the connections between B.C.’s HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1990s and the current overdose crisis, winter 2017), and in University Affairs magazine (a cover story on racism in the academy, winter 2017).
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.