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Who is Dana Ter?

I was born and raised as a Third Culture Kid in an expat family that 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) and Contently.

From 2014-2017, I was a staff reporter 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, Philippine Airlines, Scoot, SilkAir, and Hong Kong Airlines. My work has also been published in Slate, Jetsetter, Marriott Traveler, Roads & Kingdoms, Time Out, 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, and New York. During my spare time, I draw doodles and surf. I received my PADI Open Water Diver certification in Thailand when I was 15.

Some fun stories I've covered include drinking millet wine with Saisiyat Aborigines during a sacred, centuries-old ritual, having coffee with a former presidential secretary who now runs an organic restaurant/activist bookstore, and surfing with some of Taiwan’s best surfers who think it’s crazy that many people on this subtropical island still don’t know how to swim. I've also written about Hello Kitty airplanes, couple t-shirts, and the ‘elitism’ of travel writing.


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