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Who is Dana Ter?

With more than eight years of journalism experience, I write guidebooks and articles for in-flight magazines, travel booking sites, hotels and tourism bureaus. I've worked with EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Philippine Airlines, ebookers, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, DestinAsian, and Taiwan's Tourism Bureau. And I've filed stories from Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Guam, Australia, Portugal, France, Spain, the UK and the US and interviewed politicians, surfers, fortune tellers, farmers, celebrity chefs, cat breeders and fashion designers.

Currently, I'm the Taipei Correspondent for Louis Vuitton City Guides, published by BETC Paris. I wrote the second edition print guide forthcoming in English and French in November 2021. Since 2018, I also write and edit the Taipei digital guide, which is updated on iPhone app twice a year and covers hotels, restaurants, nightlife, fashion boutiques and art galleries. In 2021, I authored a guidebook about Taiwan's cultural and nature attractions, dining and festivals for Taiwan's Tourism Bureau in collaboration with CNBC Singapore as part of a campaign to welcome visitors back to Taiwan. From 2014-2017, I was staff reporter and editor for the Features section of the English-language daily newspaper, the Taipei Times, where I started a column about Taiwan's craft beer, and as the newspaper's art critic, wrote a weekly column about art exhibitions. Before that, I was an entertainment news columnist for Mic in New York City.

I have a Dual Master's degree in International and World History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and am a licensed PADI Open Water Diver. On my mom's side, I'm descended from generations of Peranakan seafarers and explorers from Penang and Singapore, while my dad's family is from Kuala Lumpur. Born in Selangor, I have Chinese, Malay and Thai ancestry and I speak, read and write Mandarin and some Malay. I spent most of my teenage years in a pine forest on Yangmingshan, a mountain in Taipei's outskirts. Growing up, I attended American schools in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei and have also lived in Melbourne, Bangkok, Seoul, New York City, London and Stockholm. From 2020-2021, I lived in a surf shop on a remote subtropical beach on southern Taiwan's Pacific coast with a small community of local surfers and five dogs.


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