I’m currently a staff reporter at Agence France-Presse, responsible for the news agency's Indonesia and Timor-Leste coverage.
I was a freelance journalist based out of Indonesia and Taiwan, covering everything from Chinese culture and Beijing's influence outside its borders to the COVID-19 pandemic and politics in Indonesia. Other assignments have taken me to India, New Zealand, the People's Republic of China and Timor-Leste.
I've reported for ABC News US, Al Jazeera, 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.
My recent stories included the impact of COVID-19 on poorer Chinese Indonesians, what Timor-Leste did right in containing the coronavirus, a profile of one of the first COVID survivors in Indonesia and more throughout the pandemic.
Before the global outbreak, I met some Chinese Indonesians who resettled in southern China more than half a century ago 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 former 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 have influenced Taiwan's politics and society.
Before working for international media, I wrote book reviews, travel features and short stories for various Indonesian high-profile magazines and newspapers for more than half a decade. I was born and raised in Indonesia and grew up in a family that speaks southern Chinese languages of Hakka and Hokkien.