In my former life, I was a journalist. I wrote a lot of breaking news; I loved writing about Chinatown and the Chinese immigrant experience.
I've worked as a reporter for four different newspapers, three different news agencies, and two broadcasters. Most recently, I was a web reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Freelancing is hard. But I managed to land stories in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Salon, among others.
I feel lucky to have graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where I was awarded the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. The Pulitzer helped fund my fieldwork in China for my first book, Meet Me in Venice.
I was born in Toronto, Canada. My parents insisted I attend Chinese school every Saturday morning. I hated it at the time but 15 years later, when I moved to Beijing to study Mandarin, it was a different story. That's where I met my husband, Marc. His family’s story of migration from China to Europe sparked the idea for my book.
Marc and I now live in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. These days, I don't do a lot of writing about Chinatown and the Chinese diaspora. That's because we're busy growing our startup. That's a whole other story. 🙃