Lauren Mack has traveled to over 30 countries on five continents but counts Asia as tops on her list of places to explore. Born and raised in Miami, she moved to Beijing, China two days after finishing graduate school. Lauren now divides her time between New York and Taipei.
Lauren is a freelance journalist who has written on a variety of topics both in the US and in Asia. Her stories about travel, sports, food, shopping, architecture and popular culture have appeared in US magazines, including Newsweek International, HFN, and Elle Girl and newspapers such as Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and Sun-Sentinel. In Beijing, her work has appeared in Time Out, City Weekend Beijing, tbj Home, and Urbane. In Hong Kong, her work has appeared in Time Out. In Taipei, her work regularly appears in EVA Air’s inflight magazine, Verve. In addition to magazine and newspapers, Lauren has worked on guidebooks for Zagat, Explorer Publishing and Time Out.
Lauren earned her M.S. degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She continues to study Mandarin Chinese, which she has studied both in Beijing and Taipei.
It is never a dull moment experiencing and learning about Chinese culture. There are an infinite number of things to see, do, learn, try and experience. Competing on a dragon boat team during the annual Dragon Boat Festival, climbing the Great Wall, marveling at the Terracotta Warriors, watching Peking Opera, learning to wrap dumplings, attending the Beijing Olympics, sipping tea with the inventor of bubble tea, and even eating some unimaginable things like pig’s blood, stinky tofu and, yes, horse penis, have all led to a greater understanding of one of the world’s oldest cultures.