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I will also be sharing doodles and musings on Chinese language, Chinese American identity, and Chinese/English translation.

About Frankie

I am a Chinese American cultural writer, researcher, and illustrator. I was born in Beijing and raised in New Jersey, and currently reside in Shanghai.

A typical millennial and child of immigrants, I’ve collected jobs across industries (advertising, video game, market research, and consulting to name a few), torn between settling for stability and seeking creative fulfillment. 

Since the beginning of 2019 I’ve been writing and making art professionally for the first time in my life. My writing on Chinese society and culture has appeared in various publications (The New York Times, Foreign Policy, ChinaFile, Caixin Global, Reappropriate, Radii, Goldthread). As an artist, I have designed book covers and t-shirts, and most notably invented over a dozen made up animals based on literal translations of their Chinese names into English.

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