Born to a Chinese father and German mother, Sandra Tsing Loh tells dark comic tales of the improbable blending of her parents' cultures in their middle-class Southern California home. The first sketch recounts the saga of two successive stepmothers who come to reorganize her childhood home. In the second, the family travels to Ethiopia for an affordable vacation complete with new friends (German tourists) and economical transportation (a bus). Finally, Loh provides a glimpse into her teenage love life with its trials and tribulations.
Writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh is a contributing editor to The Atlantic, host of the syndicated radio show The Loh Down on Science, and the author of five previous books. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays. In addition to having been a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and PRI’s This American Life, she has performed two solo shows off-Broadway. She lives in Pasadena, California.