I am an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker with two decades of experience in covering stories around the world. I first picked up a video camera in 1996 while living in Hong Kong, on the eve of its transition from British to Chinese rule. I heard about an eighty-year graffiti artist who tagged the streets with a Chinese calligraphy brush and called himself “The King of Kowloon”. In spite of being partly crippled, he’d roam the streets of this colonial city and cover its public surfaces with endless rows of his inky brushwork.
This was my first foray into documentaries and an example of the kind of stories that excite me. Intriguing characters, amazing visuals and an intimate, personal story that speak to larger social, cultural and political forces at play.
Since then, I’ve covered a range of heavy hitting, complex subjects, including the impact of climate change on Greenland’s glaciers, pollution in China and sexual assault on Native American reservations. I’ve become an ace at gaining access to difficult locations—be it an operating room during a double lung transplant or clandestine drug distilleries deep in the Cambodian jungle. My professional credits include work for PBS, National Geographic, Current TV and Al Jazeera America.
I hold a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in English literature and a master’s degree from Stanford University in Communications, Documentary Film and Video. A first generation Chinese-American, I have a special affinity for stories in Asia. I am also the proud parent of a five year old boy who seems to share my love of storytelling and adventure.