about

I'm currently a staff reporter with Agence France-Presse news agency in Indonesia. 

I was previously based out of Indonesia and Taiwan, covering everything from travel and culture to society and politics. I've also reported from India, New Zealand, the People's Republic of China and Timor-Leste.

My print, online and TV stories have appeared in Al Jazeera, ABC News US, the BBC, CGTN, Nikkei Asia, OZY, Rest of World, the South China Morning Post, The Telegraph (UK), Thomson Reuters Foundation, TRT World, VICE and dozens of other media outlets around the world.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some poorer Chinese Indonesians told me how the epidemic impacted their lives. Besides that, I did a story on what Timor-Leste did right in containing the coronavirus. I also asked Indonesia's former vice president Jusuf Kalla on his involvement in brokering Afghanistan’s peace deal with the Taliban. 

Before the pandemic, I met some Chinese Indonesians who resettled in Quanzhou more than half a century ago after they left their home country due to a Sukarno-era discriminatory presidential decree. I also had an exclusive interview with Timor-Leste's foreign minister on Dili's ties with Beijing two decades after the then-East Timor province voted for independence from Jakarta.

During my time in Taipei, I explained the rise of Taiwanese identity against the backdrop of Beijing's military threats as well as how Hong Kong's anti-government protests influenced Taiwan's politics and society.

Before working for international media, I also wrote book reviews, travel features and short stories for various Indonesian high-profile magazines and newspapers for several years.

I was born and raised in Indonesia and grew up in a family that spoke southern Chinese languages of Hakka and Hokkien. I am committed to cover stories related to identity and cultural roots so that people become more aware of how those shape their lives.

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