EXPERIENCE

CULTURE CRITIC

Various publications
2002 – Present

Wrote more than 500 reviews, essays, features, reports and news analyses for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and others.

Provided insight to help readers navigate cultural conversations, especially on Asian and LGBTQ issues, such as narrative tropes and cultural appropriation in “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank,” as well as a definitive explainer on “Mulan” which involved research in Mandarin.

Had experience filing with quick turnaround; dispatched from Sundance, Toronto, SXSW and Tribeca film festivals.

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

The New York Times
New York, N.Y., 2011 – Present

Contributed stories such as a 1,000-word profile on actor Steven Yeun. Served as interim news assistant on the Culture desk. Edited and fact checked various sections, including Culture, Society and Metro. Assisted with Mandarin translation in reporting, video subtitling and the Chinese edition.

FILM CRITIC

Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, Calif., 2013 – 2016

Reviewed more than 300 films with wit, clarity, a distinctive voice and a strong point of view for the Calendar section. Scoured the internet for films not screened for press and scored exclusives for the L.A. Times such as “Fast and the Furious” spoof “Superfast!” and horror film “The Boy.”

DEPUTY MAGAZINE EDITOR

The Star-Ledger
Newark, N.J., 2009 – 2010

Edited more than 100 pages monthly, assigned freelancers, supervised staff, produced special issues and contributed features, with the goal of making the magazine a joy to read, as part of a six-person team that won four Eddie & Ozzie awards.

EDUCATION

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

New York, N.Y.
Master of Arts in Cinema Studies, 2011

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

London, England
Postgraduate Certificate in Film Journalism (With Merit), 2006

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Bloomington, Ind.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Minor in Communications and Culture, Certificate in Film Studies, 2000

FELLOWSHIPS

THE POYNTER INSTITUTE

St. Petersburg, Fla.
Power of Diverse Voices 2023

EUGENE O’NEILL
THEATER CENTER

Waterford, Conn.
National Critics Institute 2020