hello, it's nice to meet you. My name is Ann. I write about THE KOREAS, COMMUNITY CULTURE, international INNOVATION, AND MARGINALIZED IDENTITIES. 


I've reported on the ground from sub-Saharan Africa on fellowships from the International Women's Media Foundation and the International Reporting Project, as well as from across the United States, Europe, Peru, and my birthplace, South Korea.

In my work, I like to explore national, ethnic, and cultural identities as they intersect with issues like politics, public space, migration, and social innovation. I've written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, Quartz, CityLab, and other publications.

I live in Brooklyn, where I'm always on the hunt for coffee, Korean food, and the perfect workspace. My heart remains in Wisconsin, where I grew up and where all the best cheese is.