I'm Wei, a freelance writer and editor in New York City who covers culture and food for publications like The New Yorker, GQ, and Vogue. I like reporting stories that complicate our cultural beliefs about identity. I'm also at work on a memoir about ferns.
I consult on a range of editorial projects, from branded content campaigns to newsletters to cookbooks. Previously, I was the Assistant Managing Editor of newyorker.com. Get in touch: weitchou at gmail dot com
You've probably never had real soy sauce. On fermenting my own soy sauce and reflecting on family and inheritance, for Heated, July 12, 2019.
When you see an iceberg, everything else feels small. On what it's like to watch an iceberg melt, for The Outline, July 8, 2019.
Green Mole. On running away to the coast of Oaxaca, for Crust Magazine, May 18, 2019.
The Unreliable Reader. On Esme Wang's "The Collected Schizophrenias," for Longreads, April 4, 2019.
Kamala Harris Wasn’t Raised to Talk About Herself. An interview with Kamala Harris, about her memoir, for The Cut, January 8, 2019.
The Good Tidings of Solidarity. In June, a successful unionization effort at "The New Yorker" proved to be more than a victory for labor, for The Outline, December 24, 2018.
"God Created Everything. Testicles Too." Getting to the bottom of what it means to be a man at the twenty-fifth annual Testicle Festival, for Esquire, December 20, 2018.
Inside EastMeetEast, the Controversial Dating App for Asians That Raises Thorny Questions About Identity What's the point of an "Asian4Asian" matchmaking service in 2018? for GQ, December 3, 2018.
New York's First Sake Brewery Considers the Art of American Rice Wine. A day with Brooklyn Kura, for Vogue, October 24, 2018.
How to Tell Your Parents You're Seeing a Therapist. On being Chinese-American and going to therapy for GQ Magazine, October 18, 2018.
'As a Grown Woman, I Still Have to Continuously Learn to Say No.' An interview with the memoirist Tanya Marquardt, for Longreads, October 11, 2018.
Rich Chigga and the Difficulties of Keeping it Real. Chatting with the Indonesian rapper, during his first tour in the United States, for The New Yorker, June 7, 2017.
Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy An installation at the Museum of Chinese in America documents a quickly shifting American culture, for The Paris Review Daily, February 17, 2017.
Finding the Light On the Enneagram, for The Paris Review Daily, February 2, 2017.
A Meeting of the Fern Society After failing to save my dying fern, I decided to look for help among experts, for The Paris Review Daily, January 13, 2017.
Salted Egg Yolks are the Best New Thousand-Year-Old Food Trick On the long history of cured egg yolks, for Saveur, October 4, 2016.
Where Death Lies. On Eating Blowfish in Tokyo, for The Morning News, September 11, 2016.
Shanghai 1962. How my mother’s accordion led to a chance encounter in Mao’s China, for The Paris Review Daily, August 18, 2016.
A Road Trip to Flannery O'Connor's Farm. On Andalusia and the Ache of Identity, for The Paris Review Daily, July 21, 2016.
Eddie Huang's Spiky Chronicles of Asian-American Experience. On the celebrity chef's knack for capturing the subtle contraditions inherent in being Asian in America, for The New Yorker, May 26, 2016.
The Baijiu Riddle. Learning to Love China's Infamous Firewater, for Serious Eats, June 2015.
Fishing for Somen How I Hosted a Japanese Backyard Noodle Party in My Studio Apartment, for Serious Eats, February 2015.
Collected Bar Tabs, for The New Yorker, 2016 - 2018.