I work as a freelance writer in Vancouver. I’m interested in public health, drug policy, race, and inequality.
I have recently published a series on solutions to B.C.’s overdose crisis through Tyee Solutions Society and Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. My writing also appears in the winter 2016 issue of Maisonneuve magazine, in which I explore the untold history of Chinese-Canadian farmers in Vancouver and the construction of a largely monocultural local food system.
I’m currently at work on a forthcoming publication for the Museum of Vancouver about how meaningful community engagement impacts a mindful collecting strategy in civic museums (spring 2017). I’m also at work on further writing on addiction, drug policy, and what Vancouver’s sanctuary city movement means alongside the evolving North America of 2017.
In addition to writing work, I am one of the founding facilitators for Community Journalism 101, an inclusive journalism class for people facing barriers through SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. I also work as a contract facilitator for workshops on youth leadership, media literacy, narrative production, and social change. From January 2014 to December 2016, I taught over 1,000 undergraduate students in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.
I’m on the board of directors of the Hua Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to engage Chinese youth with social and environmental justice work while building pride in shared heritage and cultural identity.
I have previously worked as the editor at Megaphone, an award-winning 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.