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Who is Dana Ter?

I am a Penang Peranakan on my mom's side, while my dad's family is from Kuala Lumpur. My family has been on the move since 1990. I attended international schools across Asia and have lived in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, the UK and the US.

After completing my Dual Master’s degree in international and world history from Columbia University and the London School of Economics, I worked as a freelance journalist in New York City, writing about pop culture and entertainment for online publications such as Mic (formerly PolicyMic).

From 2014-2017, I was a staff reporter and editor for the Features section of the English-language daily newspaper, the Taipei Times, where I covered art, culture, food, lifestyle and social issues. During this time, I wrote a column about the city's burgeoning craft beer scene. As the newspaper's art critic, I wrote a weekly column about art exhibitions and fairs.

Currently, I am freelancing full-time again, writing travel, food and art stories - mostly from Asia - for in-flight magazines of airlines including EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Philippine Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot and Hong Kong Airlines. My work has also been published in Slate, Jetsetter, Marriott Traveler, Roads & Kingdoms, Time Out Hong Kong, ebookers and Travel in Taiwan, the official magazine of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. I have filed stories from Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Guam and New York.

I have interviewed Bangkok's property magnates, Seoul's celebrity chefs and Guam's coral preservationists. I've also written about Hello Kitty airplanes, couple t-shirts, and the ‘elitism’ of travel writing. During my spare time, I draw doodles and surf. I received my PADI Open Water Diver certification in Phuket when I was 15.


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