A citizen of four nations who suffers a perennial identity crisis, Michael left his home of 23 years, Hong Kong, in 2007 to try living in a place he thought would be more exotic, the U.S. capital! To his (pleasant) surprise, the culture shock was a positive one – Washington’s international diversity and cultural richness made him feel right at home.

Michael has been a journalist for 13 years and is a self-confessed news junkie. By day, he can be found writing and reporting on the latest global breaking news for the Voice of America. By night, he pursues his other passions – dance, soccer and social organizing. With the help of Facebook and other social media, he created a snowball fight that drew more than 2,000 people to Dupont Circle Park in February 2010 and set a Washington record. Michael also created a World Cup fan festival and public viewing event that brought thousands of people back to the same park four months later.