About

I am a Vancouver journalist who writes about people, places, and patterns in cities.

I am currently a reporter and page editor at The Tyee.

I was a former regular contributor to the Vancouver Courier (the Talk of the Block series) and Metro (the Urban Scrawl series). Thanks to trusting editors, I was given freedom in content and style for these series and both were popular successes.

I often shoot digital photography and videos for my stories.

I believe that journalists should constantly work to improve their writing skills (read omnivorously, unlearn bad habits, experiment with techniques and style). I also believe that journalists should keep up with academic research in their respective beats.


beat


Specific topics I write on, with examples.

Urban geography
My story on immigrant suburbs of gateway cities.

Urban sociology
My story on the lives of inner-city binners.

Housing
My stories on the history of Canada’s rental crisis,
on housing lessons from Vienna,
and on bad definitions of unaffordability.

Planning
My story on “urbanizing” the suburbs.

Design
My video on introducing gentle density to single-family neighbourhoods.

Gentrification
My Megaphone Magazine cover feature on development and displacement in Vancouver’s Chinatown
and my story on neighbourhood rebranding.

Diasporas
My five-part series that examines growing up Chinese-Canadian over a century, which emerged from my master’s thesis.

Only-in-Vancouver
My most popular story, “The Dictator, the Donut King, and a Shop Called Duffin’s”.
My story on the unsung history and heroism of the Vancouver Special.
My investigation of East Vancouver’s East Asian backyard farming seniors.


Resume

Journalism experience


Reporter and page editor, The Tyee
January 2016 to present

Freelance, bylines in Vancouver Courier, Metro, Business in Vancouver, Megaphone Magazine, South China Morning Post, Vancouver Observer
September 2015 to February 2018

Intern reporter, The Tyee
June to August 2015

Intern reporter, Vancouver Courier
May to August 2014

Education

Master of Journalism, the University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Sociology, the University of British Columbia

Skills

  • Reporting
  • Non-fiction writing
  • Digital photography and video
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Premier Pro)
  • Data visualization (Tableau, Google Fusion)