I do lots of things

I'm from San Bernardino, CA. I graduated from UC Riverside in 2006 as an English major,

I lived in Tokyo for a few years, am fluent in Japanese, sorta okay in Spanish and Mandarin,

and am now doing two things:

finishing a PhD at Cornell University on Japanese rap music

and journalism, as a correspondent on Vice News Tonight on HBO

Thus far I've gotten a Fulbright, contributed to Pulitzer-winning coverage in my work with the Los Angeles Times, and have been nominated for an Emmy. I've also established the world's largest public collection of Japanese hip-hop. Still working on getting that XXL Freshman nod though.

For recent things I've written for various places, check here. To check out my library collection of Japanese hip-hop materials at UC Riverside, check here (or visit – it's open to the public).

And here's an abbreviated resume. Feel free to contact me if you need specifics.