I am a theater and film reviewer, travel writer and culture essayist. I usually write about New York City, mostly about the city's arts and culture, but also immigrant communities, history, and the economics of art. Sometimes I also write about Asian-American and gender issues too.
I've written about the beginning of Off-Off Broadway, enlightened European tourists on free New York City summer events, penned biographies of radical Latino writers, and blogged my sex life for New York Magazine (no, I won't link, but yes, it's online). I can write in almost any style from highly formal to pithy vernacular. I've won a few awards for my screenplays and I make a living writing grants for arts organizations.
I also have spoken on the history of Asian-American Theater, Taiwanese identity, and Arts and Activism at several organizations, including Yale University, New York University, and MIT.
My freelance writing resume can be downloaded here
My personal blog is called A Hard Way to Make an Easy Living.
Three of my screenplays. I’ve just completed another screenplay called THE F WORD. Email me if you’d like to read the rest of these scripts.
Caught in the crosshairs of gentrification, Hector is losing his used bookstore and his entire way of life. A chance encounter with an old Chinese woman wandering on the FDR Drive renews his purpose in life as he embarks on a quixotic quest to find the old woman’s family. Meanwhile, Grace confronts the past she thought she left behind as she searches Chinatown for her missing mother.
Finalist: Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Slamdance Screenplay Contest, Berlinale Talent Campus, Boston Int’l Film Festival Script to Screen Contest
1997. Lucy and Nina are best friends and roommates trying to make it as artists while working at the Bump ‘n Grind, a strip club at the seedy edge of Soho. There, they form an unlikely community with several other strippers, all trying to fund their journey to a better tomorrow. But as a campaign to clean up the city puts the squeeze on strip clubs, all the women at the Grind are forced to make some tough decisions. An episodic series that takes a look behind the g-string in the waning days of good old, bad old New York City.
Edward Lee, a successful Korean-American executive, gets more than he bargained for when he attempts to help a Malaysian prostitute by paying off her smuggling debt. Arrested for being the kingpin of a human trafficking ring, he has two weeks out on bail to find out who set him up and why.
2nd Prize - Suspense/Thriller - Indie Gathering Film Festival
I was the regular reviewer for NY Theatre from 2010 to 2012. Sadly, they’ve suspended their website and my articles are no longer online. And I can’t seem to find any of the 20+ articles I wrote for them in my files. But you can still read a few examples of my theatre critiques in Stage & Cinema.
“By casting Taylor Mac as Shen Te, gender issues are illuminated through the meta-theatrics of a man playing a woman playing a man. I was left pondering how one can be “good” faced with not only the general economic and social inequality of the world, but also marginalized as a woman with less pay and – in many places like the real Sichuan – fewer rights….”
“The real dilemma in the play has little to do with whether or not Lilly gets it on with Richard…That’s a foregone conclusion from the moment that he tells her that his name is Dick. Instead, Lilly’s late and involuntary virginity frames a smart and insightful examination of the animal urge for both sex and violence. As Lilly attempts to come to terms with both instincts, she discovers just how deeply – and tragically – they are intertwined…”
“…Criticism of the play often centers on the lack of heroism in King John, the king everyone loves to hate (he’s the bad guy in the Robin Hood stories), and the attention drawn by the supporting character of the Bastard (more about him later). Perhaps they are looking for valor in all the wrong places – and in all the wrong sexes….”