About

Hi, I’m Michelle. Thanks for stopping by.

Most people know me through my various passions—as a travel junkie, a global health advocate, an aspiring photojournalist, and an avid foodie. Where the Wild Ferng Grows allows me to document and combine all of these love affairs.

In general, I spend my time exploring the human experience, both the collective and the individual. Between photography, policymaking, advocacy, and in-person interactions, I am constantly searching for ways to further the dialogue on social justice and human rights. This quote captures the spirit of that exploration in far more eloquent words than I’m able to conjure:

“She felt that somehow, wandering through uncharted territory, we might stumble upon something that will, in an instant, seem to represent who we are at the core… That was very much her philosophy of life—to not be limited by fear or narrow definitions, to not build walls around ourselves and to do our best to find kinship and beauty in unexpected places.”

– Maya Soetoro-Ng, describing her mother

Wait, I think you missed the beginning. Where are you from? 

I was originally born in Taipei, Taiwan, but I grew up in Vancouver, Canada during my early childhood, and later spent my adolescent years in Taipei. Since high school, I’ve lived in the United States, Argentina, Ethiopia, Liberia, and now Malawi. My family is now scattered around the world, with large concentrations in Taiwan, Paraguay, and Brazil.

Pico Iyer did a fantastic TED talk entitled “Where is Home? which resonates a lot with me. But, for now, I consider Taiwan to be home and try to visit at least twice a year.

Where are you now?

As of July 2015, I am living in Lilongwe, Malawi, where I am working on health financing reform through the Clinton Health Access Initiative with the Government of Malawi and partners.

Anything else I missed?

Leave a message, send me an e-mail…. I’d love to hear from you!

Note: All views expressed on this blog are my own.

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