momo chang

journalist

“East Bay Express” Food Reviews

May 19th, 2017

Recently, I’ve been writing some food reviews and short food news pieces for the East Bay Express. We’re lucky to live in an area that serves up food from so many rich culinary traditions, reflecting the diversity and stories of the people living here. And I’m lucky to be able to try some of it! If […]

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Oakland Man Facing Deportation for Nonviolent Drug Crime

August 19th, 2015

A little-known area of U.S. immigration is deportation of legal residents, including many from Cambodia. I wrote a news story for the East Bay Express about Bou Chea, just one person among thousands of Southeast Asians who’ve made the U.S. their home, but who may be deported due to nonviolent criminal activity.

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Berkeley J-School’s “Undocumented America”

October 24th, 2014

I was invited to speak in Andrés Cediel’s “Undocumented America” mini-course at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism to talk about reporting in undocumented Asian communities.  It was fun being back on campus – although I don’t think I ever took a course at North Gate as an undergraduate. Being back in Berkeley made me feel […]

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Interview with John Cho

October 24th, 2014

I recently interviewed Mr. John Cho for the Center for Asian American Media. In case you haven’t heard, he stars in the new ABC romedy Selfie. I remember watching his early indie films, including Shopping For Fangs, as a college student. He does particularly well in these roles where he is the uptight, no-fun dude […]

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“Obamacare and Immigration”

September 2nd, 2014

After the first year of open enrollment in Obamacare, the biggest health care overhaul in the country since MediCare nearly 50 years ago, we have some analysis of how we did. California had huge enrollment numbers compared to other states. But if you look deeper, there are some issues with enrollment, particularly of the Latino […]

Freelance Journalism Awards

June 24th, 2014

I am honored to receive a Freelance Journalism Award for “Lost in Translation,” a story that was published in the East Bay Express. The 2nd place award was in the news writing category. Here are the judges’ comments: “…This important piece of journalism explores how language-access barriers and the digital divide may be preventing immigrant […]

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Health Care for All?

May 28th, 2014

A California bill would expand health care to undocumented immigrants. “Health Care for All?” was written for the East Bay Express.

California Health Journalism Fellowship

February 4th, 2014

I’ll be joining a group of great journalists at USC this month as part of the 2014 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship. My story will focus on the experiences of limited English speakers during the first year of enrollment in Obamacare (or Covered California, as it’s called in our state). I look forward to meeting new […]

Lost in Translation, Saving School Lunches

December 17th, 2013

I recently wrote a couple of news stories for the East Bay Express. The first story is about the lack of certified enrollment counselors during the early weeks of open enrollment for Covered California, our state’s version of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), in the East Bay. One of the populations that this affects is […]

Oakland Students ‘Learn to Work’

May 6th, 2013

Oakland does not always have a good reputation for its schools but there are programs that seem to be working, for some of its students. I wrote a story for New America Media about Oakland Unified School District’s career pathway programs (some of which are called “academies”). I was astounded, but not entirely surprised, to […]