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
Cancer Alumna

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:

miracle
hospital food
still happy
uniquely china
changing course
tables turned
encounters
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
i’ve graduated
year in review 2014
best of shanghai