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I grew up in East China, near the ocean. My hometown is Yancheng in Jiangsu province. Thousands of years ago my ancestors drew the sea water and made sea salt from it in exchange for money. Hence the name of my hometown, which literally means the “Salt City”.

Currently I live in Ann Arbor, MI with my husband, our children, and Mango the orange tabby. I love running, hiking, biking, baking and cooking.

Our family has Chinese and Indian heritage and loves to try food from different parts of the world, particularly vegetarian dishes from China, India and other parts of Asia.