Journalism

I never intended to become a journalist. Please enjoy these happy accidents.

How Pittsburgh's Asian restaurants and community are adjusting to a pandemic Lunar New Year

The first print story I wrote for Pittsburgh City Paper gave me the opportunity to talk to Asian community members in Pittsburgh about their Lunar New Year celebrations, including Chinese Spring Festival, Vietnamese Tết, and Bhutanese Losar. 

Anti-Asian hate crimes don’t begin with physical violence

"[P]eople do not wake up as a blank slate and choose to commit a racist hate crime. Those actions need to be primed with the slow chipping away of a person’s humanity, and the othering and exoticizing that uncritical, biased educators perpetuate helps lay that foundation."

Stop Asian Hate protest against anti-Asian racism emphasizes love and solidarity in response to Atlanta shooting
For my first live coverage of an event, I live tweeted and wrote about Thrash the State's Stop Asian Hate protest, which Sandra Oh attended and spoke at, in the wake of the March 16 Atlanta shooting in which a white man shot and killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women.

The recent deaths of trans people of color in Western Pennsylvania signal an alarming trend of violence

What began as a story about Chyna Carrillo became a story about four trans people of color who died within two weeks in Western Pennsylvania and the pattern of anti-trans violence in the United States.

It is finals week, and I must scream

A reflection on catharsis and the benefits of screaming after four long years of undergrad.

Identity politics: finding my heritage in a hometown I never knew

When I returned from studying abroad in Shanghai, I reflected on the two months in my birth country with a focus on my trip to my hometown and the welfare center where I stayed. 

Daly Trimble: A selfless social servant

Every year, The Pitt News publishes 25 feature-length profiles on people in the Pitt community, and I got the chance to sit down with Daly Trimble, who spoke to me about her community engagement, faith, and feminism.

China is phasing out its one-child policy for the wrong reasons

After news broke that China will phase out its one-child policy, I wrote a column on the nuances of their decision, focusing on the ramifications and lasting consequences for women from the perspective of someone directly affected by the policy.

Five obsolete jobs we need to bring back

Over the summer, I wrote a lighthearted listicle of outdated jobs. To write it, I tapped into two of my favorite things — weird facts and historical rabbit holes.

Best of the Burgh: Addressing Inequities Through Gardens

For Best of the Burgh, the editorial team gets to pick its local favorites in addition to the readers' poll, and I chose to spotlight Grow Pittsburgh's efforts to expand food access and equity in the city.

Pandemic profile: Brian Deutsch

In the early days of the pandemic, I profiled a grocery store employee about his experiences as an essential worker at an Asian grocery store.

Baron Batch Faces Identity for CMU International Film Festival

I wrote this after attending a press conference with Baron Batch and representatives from the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival. 

Oakland Crows: A Big Mess But a Harmless Murder

After months of crows creeping out students in Oakland, I researched and wrote my first long-form 412 blog post on the history and habits of the crows.

Break It Down: St. Paul Cathedral

I wrote this for Sean Collier's Break It Down section, which examines Pittsburgh landmarks and phenomena through numerical-based facts. I pitched the idea for St. Paul, and I also visited the site and interviewed Father Kris Stubna before writing the piece.

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