Hello, I'm Ling-Mei! My name "靈美" is pronounced "leeeng may" and means "beautiful spirit/soul" in Chinese.
I’m a reporter, editor, copy editor and writer, with experience in ethnic media coverage and technical writing. My passions are Asians and Asian Americans, immigrants, compassion and uplifting underserved voices.
My experience includes leading a community paper, the Sampan, as the editor and main reporter of a bilingual Chinese-English newspaper. My job was doing everything — covering neighborhood meetings, laying out the paper, and coordinating a team of reporters, translators, photographers and cartoonists. I grew the online presence, increasing website traffic from a few hundred hits a month to more than 55,000 monthly page views. The Sampan’s social media presence was also increased from Facebook and Twitter, as my team launched Instagram and WeChat accounts. The “Sampandas” made the Sampan a voice for the Asian American community in greater Boston. I’m so proud to have been part of a tradition since 1972.
I covered electronic security for a trade publication Automation and Security International. The magazine was headquartered in Taipei, covering Asian makers of video surveillance, alarms and access control solutions. This entailed interviews in Mandarin or Cantonese, then writing articles in English.
My beat was education at the Kansas City Star, writing for its biweekly newspaper the Olathe Neighborhood News. I wrote about Olathe, the third largest school district in Kansas with about 25,000 students. My job analyzed school board data and profiled outstanding students.
For Bloomberg News, I followed financial news for a three-month internship at the Hong Kong bureau.
I live in Boston, with previous stints in Taipei, Hong Kong, Cupertino and Kansas City. This multicultural upbringing enabled me to be fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. I’m a proud immigrant and naturalized American citizen.
You can find my resume here.
I don't just write the news, I sometimes make it into the stories! Read more interviews I've given below:
"Meet Ling-Mei Wong of Sampan Newspaper" Boston Voyager interview from Jan. 8, 2018
"Faced with a Housing Crisis, Chinatown Residents Note the Absence of Media Coverage" The Scope interview from Feb. 9, 2018
"Chinatown’s New Power Players" Boston Magazine interview from Feb. 5, 2019
"The future of Boston's Chinatown" Chronicle 5 WCVB interview from August 14, 2019
”A look at Boston's Chinatown, part one“ CityLine 5 WCVB interview from May 5, 2019
"Asians Are Underrepresented In Mass. Politics, But Wu And Chang-Diaz Are Trying To Change That" WBUR interview from September 29, 2021