Instant coffee: Patriotic and immigrant

NPR has a great story on the history of instant coffee, which was apparently a welcome novelty by WWI troops marching into battle. The people credited with inventing it are a Japanese-American chemist who invented soluble coffee powder and a Belgian-American named George Washington who mass produced it. After the war, the product was marketed to households as coffee you can have whenever you want. … Continue reading Instant coffee: Patriotic and immigrant

Writing in Seattle Mag about Punjabi pot farmers

My story on a family of Punjabi Indian immigrants who are farming (legal) marijuana in Bellingham, Washington, is featured in April’s issue of Seattle Magazine. The article is a big accomplishment for me on several ways, not the least of which is having it be published in a glossy magazine that is so well designed. I worked as an intern at Seattle Magazine when I … Continue reading Writing in Seattle Mag about Punjabi pot farmers

A more personal article

American journalism schools teach reporters to put their own biases aside. That’s a cornerstone of how we report. We want to be open to all perspectives, weigh each side, and let the reader come to their own conclusions about what we cover. Enter the era of fake news and Internet memes and advertorial and native advertising. Where are we headed? It’s a mystery that many … Continue reading A more personal article

Desi food service dishes up nostalgia

One of my goals as a writer has been to bring together my passion for food with my interest in immigrant stories. My recent article for KCTS 9, the PBS affiliate in Seattle, did just that by highlighting a South Asian meal service that provides weekly home-cooked meals to an audience that includes many of Seattle’s recent tech transplants. Because of companies like Amazon, Microsoft, … Continue reading Desi food service dishes up nostalgia