The cave drawings and campfire conversations may have evolved into our modern-day pages, stages and screens. But the instinct and desire to tell stories are the same.
I see storytelling collaboration as a force for good — to bridge the increasing division & isolation that seem to define our time and connect us all.
I'm a writer from Indonesia. I tell cross-cultural transnational stories and I love collaborating on multi-disciplinary projects.
As a young child studying abroad, I told my first stories in letters to my parents. I honed my craft as a college journalist and over the next 15 years, developed my creative sensibility writing for the stage and screen in the US and across Asia.
I’m now writing a collection of original gay Asian short stories and adapting a US-China sci-fi feature film based on the Hugo Award-winning novella “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jinfang. I'm also consulting on a wide range of projects with social impact aspirations — from mobile game apps and live storytelling shows to web-comics and feature films.
I’ve worked as a producer, director and actor on films that have earned awards and critical acclaim. Some of them have been screened in film festivals such as Berlin, Toronto, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand. Two of my most recent producing projects — How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) by Josh Kim and By the Time It Gets Dark by Anocha Suwichakornpong — were selected as the Thai’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
I’m especially proud of my collaborations with first-time filmmakers, many of whom have established successful careers in the industry.
Educated in Singapore and the US, I now live in Hong Kong with my partner and our dog. I write primarily in English and am fluent in Indonesian and Mandarin. I have an MBA in marketing. In my spare time, I practice yoga and promote mental health awareness through a volunteer online community I'm co-organizing - Project Press Play.
Please find below some of my work.