Writer, journalist, musician, radio commentator and actress, Sandra Tsing Loh has spent her whole life in Southern California. The daughter of a Chinese father and German mother, her multicultural background has informed her work as much as her love of the science and the arts.
Loh received a B.S. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology, then went on to the University of Southern California for a Master's degree in the Professional Writing Program. Her early career featured forays into performance art (including playing a piano on a freeway overpass.) Loh's considerable talents often mix science and artistic expression as a versatile writer and public radio commentator. Her work reveals a bright, witty and urbane take on almost any subject, including her own life. Loh is also the author of several books, including Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday: Essays From Lesser Los Angeles, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now. She is a regular contributor to "The Atlantic", often writing humorous and acerbic observations on life issues.
In the March 2012 issue of "The Atlantic," Ms. Loh wrote a revealing and compelling article about caring for her aging father. The mother of two daughters, she found she now had a "91 year old baby" in her care. The emotional and financial effects of dealing with her father resonate with millions of people taking on the role of caring for a declining parent. Loh writes, "In short, there was a real grief now at seeing my father go, but I was a big girl - actually, a middle- aged woman, with some 1,000 hours of therapy behind me - and, chin up, I would get through it."