Melissa graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in English and Asian American Studies, despite her parents’ cries of inevitable starvation.

After 3 years in publishing and inevitable starvation, she left New York in search of food and started clocking in from 9 to 5 as a Social Media Specialist and Content Writer for a large e-commerce in Texas––that is, until she started daydreaming about setting her cubicle on fire.

Not terribly skilled with matches and frankly afraid of fire, she left Texas and found her way to the Bay Area––a gem of a place where beef isn’t used as a cure-all and President Obama isn’t referred to as “that Muslim”––working as a freelance writer, magazine editor, and production designer.

After 2 years of paying San Francisco rent, Melissa fled the country (screaming) and settled down in Seoul, South Korea: the land of all things deliciously fermented. When she’s not eating her way through traditional food markets and chasing new flavors, she teaches her students English grammar and writing at a public elementary school in Seoul.

Melissa’s biggest disappointment in life thus far (you know, besides Texas politics and San Francisco rent prices) is getting bronchitis and finding that it was not a new pet dinosaur.


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