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"Writing and The Tibetan Book of the Dead," is on the AGNI blog.


"Driving to Shangri-La," a flash nonfiction piece about my family's cross-country journeys to California in search of Shangri-La, has just been reprinted in Kyoto Journal's issue about "old roads, revisited."

See "Teatime in Darjeeling," a memoir piece in Tin House selected as a Notable in Best American Essays 2018.

An essay, "Traveling in Bardo," appears in AGNI.

My flash nonfiction piece, "Driving to Shangri-La," is in Flock's Migration issue. Listen to it here.

New on my HuffPost blog: Garden, Temple, Tea, River, Miracle, Sun: Megan Marshall on Kyoto and Elizabeth Bishop, an interview with Megan Marshall, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize.

I'm thrilled to be one of the contributors to Women in Clothes (Penguin), a wonderful book that "explores . . . how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means."



"Traveling in Bardo: The Tibetan Book of the Dead," a reading from my AGNI essay "Traveling in Bardo," and talk about the relevance of Buddhist wisdom to our everyday lives. The Rubin Museum of Art, NYC; October 3, 2018.

"Personal Identity in an Intersectional World," She Roars: Celebrating Women at Princeton University, October 2018.

"Creative Nonfiction: What Is It and How Do You Write It?" Japan Writers Conference, Tokyo, October 2017.

"Journeys to Japan," Asian American Alumni Association of Japan (A4P) launch; Tokyo, November 2016. Wall Street Journal correspondent Mayumi Negishi and I spoke about our journeys from growing up in the U.S. to living and working in Japan.

"Dreams, Memories, Journeys: Stories of a Tibetan Family," a multi-media presentation about my family history. The Rubin Museum of Art, NYC, July 2016.

"Journeys Within and Without: On Growing Up Asian American and the Quest for Home," Princeton University, March 2016.

"Intersecting Identities in a Multicultural World," We Flourish: Celebrating Asian and Asian American Alumni at Princeton University, October 2015.

"Getting Published: A Panel Discussion," Japan Writers Conference, Kobe, October 2015.

"On Exile, Longing, and the Search for Paradise Lost," a discussion of my work on exiled Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, sponsored by The Princeton Club of Northern California and the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P); San Francisco, March 2014.

"The Heart of Things: Writing the Short Personal Essay," Japan Writers Conference, Okinawa, November 2013.

“The World in a Grain of Sand: Writing Flash Fiction,” Japan Writers Conference, Kyoto, November 2012.

"Setting Your Novel in a Foreign Country (and a Few Thoughts on Getting It Published)," Japan Writers Conference, Kobe, November 2011.


"A Few Well-Chosen Words: Writing Flash Fiction"
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