Sawatdee ka! My name is Susan, and I’m a Thai-Italian American writer based in the San Francisco Bay area. I’ve been a staff writer or editor at four community newspapers, most recently at The Press Democrat, a Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Santa Rosa, California.

I write about race relations, education, politics, feminism, food, parenting, literature, television, movies, music and more.

I enjoy reading aloud, riding my bike, traveling, eating homemade green tea ice cream, and cooking Thai food, among other things. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and I now live with my husband and son in Sonoma County. Previously, I’ve lived in the Great Plains, Montana, and Bangkok, Thailand.

Feel free to browse around my site to read my news articles or my blog (called “thoughts” on this site). You can contact me with questions, comments or general inquiries by emailing me at