Founder of Kits to Heart
M.A. in Asian Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
B.S. in Journalism, Boston University
2018 Boren Fellowship in Taiwan
Hi, i’m sonia.
I work as a research assistant for Publications at the United States Institute of Peace and am the founder of Kits to Heart, a social enterprise that givers cancer care kits to patients throughout the United States.
During my time as an undergraduate in Boston, I studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, as well as explored the multifaceted Chinese megacity through an editorial internship at Shanghai Expat. After graduating with a journalism degree in 2015, I moved to Guangzhou, where I worked as an English news editor, host, and producer for Guangdong Television. Once I decided to return to academic life to get further involved in the various aspects of U.S.-Asia relations, I took the opportunity with the remaining time to travel across Europe and Asia, including spending summer 2017 studying intensive Chinese at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.
I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2018. After my first remission, I spent several months in Taiwan on a Boren Fellowship. I live in Virginia, but Maryland will always be my home.
Thank you for visiting my blog, which has been a collection of my life’s moments since 2012. Read some highlights from over the years, in reverse chronological order:
wechat is taking over my life
wet markets & phone shops
china, why is this ok?
never far from home
give & take
‘guan mm guan?’
announcing my next adventure
year in review 2014
best of shanghai