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Who is Dana Ter?

Hello! I'm a writer and artist. Originally from Singapore and Malaysia, I spend half my time there and half in Sweden/Europe. Currently, I'm writing and illustrating a children's travel book series, with the first book set in Penang. I'm also writing a murder mystery novel inspired by the year I spent the pandemic on a remote beach in southern Taiwan with a few local surfers and five dogs.

Since 2013 I've worked as a journalist and my clients include Louis Vuitton, DestinAsian, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Expedia and Marriott Hotels. I've filed stories from five continents and interviewed politicians, surfers, fortune tellers, celebrity chefs, cat breeders and fashion designers. Recently, I worked on the fashion chapter for Louis Vuitton City Guides' Singapore guidebook. I reviewed hotels, restaurants and bars in Singapore and Malaysia for DestinAsian and wrote the Singapore content for Marriott Hotels' website. From 2018 to 2021, I was the Taipei Correspondent for Louis Vuitton City Guides where I was in charge of the digital guide and the print guidebook - covering hotels, restaurants, nightlife, art, fashion, etc. - sold in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. I've authored a guidebook about Taiwan for the tourism bureau. From 2014 to 2017, I was a staff reporter and editor for the Features section of the Taipei Times where I had a column about Taiwan's craft beer and was the newspaper's art critic. Before that, I was an entertainment news columnist for Mic in New York City.

I have a Dual Master's in International and World History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. On my mom's side, I'm descended from generations of Peranakan seafarers from Penang and Singapore, while my dad's family is from Kuala Lumpur. Born in Malaysia, I have Chinese, Malay and Thai ancestry and spent most of my teenage years in Taiwan. I'm trilingual (English, Mandarin, Spanish), I also understand Malay and Penang Hokkien and speak some Swedish and Italian. Growing up, I attended American schools in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei and have also lived in Melbourne, Bangkok, Seoul, NYC, London, Catania, Barcelona and Stockholm.


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