I'm an independent journalist based in Beijing, China following stints in Istanbul, Beirut and Kuala Lumpur. My work focuses on diaspora and the human side of geopolitics -- connecting threads between the Middle East and East Asia.

For me, visual storytelling is many things: an intellectual exercise, a sociological tool, and a constantly evolving lesson in human interaction. 

The serendipitous human connection that the camera facilitates is something beautiful. It's also heavy. This makes me value the medium even more. It's my way to engage in that complexity with the people I photograph.  

I'm a mentee of the Coalition for Women in Journalism and contributor to Getty Images in China. I'll continue photographing to understand the nuances around me. 

Recognition:

2019

Art Works Projects - Finalist 

2018 

Art Works Projects - Shortlist Finalist 

2017

Yunghi Kim Grant

Prix de le Photographie, Paris (PX3) - Silver Feature Story

FotoDocument Marilyn Stafford PhotoReportage Awards, Shortlist Finalist 

PDN Magazine, Honorable Mention 

Education:

University of Texas Austin, Plan II Honors and International Relations

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