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IMG_2070I'm a writer and cultural worker based in the 
San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. I was born in Hong Kong and grew up all over the United States as well as in Hong Kong and Beijing. As an adult, I've lived in Germany and the U.S.

I've worked primarily in ethnic community arts and cultural nonprofits, becoming a sort of generic nonprofit professional along the way. I worked for four years as a program manager for Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), an Asian American arts organization, where I founded APAture, an annual festival for emerging artists, with a group of volunteers; later serving as board president, and then (for three years) executive director. I co-founded and was a senior editor, writer, blogger, and development director at national Asian American magazine Hyphen; and have worked in fundraising, curated arts and literary programs, written arts and cultural criticism, and freelanced in a variety of nonprofit areas. I also served on the board of the Carl Brandon Society.

I have an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State. I've also done a some creative writing instruction: to adults at KSW and at the Oakland Word program, at SFSU as a TA, and as a writer-in-residence at San Francisco's School of the Arts.

My writing has been published in various places, and a collection of my short stories, Slightly Behind and to the Left, was published by Aqueduct Press in 2009. There's more about my publications here. I've been working since 2002 on a magnum opus epistolary alternate history novel taking place on Mars. When it's done, you'll be the first to know. In the meantime, I've just finished, and am shopping my first urban fantasy novel, Monkey Around, based on the myth of the Chinese Monkey King. Do ask me about it!

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