I am a third generation Chinese-American who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I spoke English at home and learned Chinese in a bilingual Mandarin immersion program. After majoring in Chinese Literature at UC Berkeley, I won a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in China from 2005-2006. Wile there, I traveled through 13 provinces in 12 months and fell in love with the country, its language and culture, and with writing about China. Since then, my writing has continued to explore the intersections between China, America, and Chinese-America.
After stints in Boston and Beijing, I currently call Portland, OR home. By day, I freelance as a grant writer and academic editor for organizations and scholars seeking to address health inequities. I am an avid sewist and knitter who enjoys running, exploring Portland, multilingual puns, and various forms of dance.
About the gratitude haikus:
Every morning I found myself procrastinating my creative writing sessions, until I began starting the session with a brief gratitude list, followed by a gratitude haiku. The haiku had to come from whatever I’d just jotted on my list, it couldn’t take more than 10 minutes to create, and it definitely didn’t need to be perfect.
Seventeen syllables: short enough to ease me into my writing, constrained enough to jolt my creative brain to life, and centered on gratitude. Some weeks I wrote none. Other weeks I write one for every day of the week. Most are pretty crappy, when evaluated for their poetic quality. But their utility lies in the process of writing itself, and as a reminder to reflect upon the many gifts each day brings.