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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 arts and entertainment for online publications such as Mic (formerly PolicyMic) and Contently.

Currently, I am a staff reporter for the Features section of the Taipei Times based in Taipei, Taiwan and covering culture, lifestyle, and travel. In addition, I freelance for several in-flight magazines, including EVA Air's EnVoyage, Philippine Airlines' Mabuhay, and Scoot, the in-flight magazine of Scoot Pte Ltd, the low-cost long-haul airline owned by Singapore Airlines. I also contribute to the award-winning travel journalism site Roads & Kingdoms, and Travel in Taiwan, the official magazine of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.

Since moving back to Taiwan, I’ve drunk millet wine with Saisiyat Aborigines during a sacred, centuries-old ritual, had coffee with a former presidential secretary who now runs an organic restaurant/activist bookstore, and surfed 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. Other bizarre stories I’ve covered include Hello Kitty airplanes, couple t-shirts, and the ‘elitism’ of travel writing.


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