Sandra Tsing Loh

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Sandra Tsing Loh
Sandra Tsing Loh USACE poster.jpg
Born (1962-02-11) February 11, 1962 (age 52)
Occupation Actress, author, radio personality
Website
sandratsingloh.com

Sandra Tsing Loh (born February 11, 1962) is an American writer, actress, and radio personality.

Life and career[edit]

Loh is the younger daughter of a Chinese father[1] and a German mother. She was raised in Malibu, Southern California, and after attending Malibu Park Junior High School was bused south to Santa Monica High School, where she was active in the computer-and-engineering-related "Olive Starlight Orchestra" and founded the performance-arts group and civic volunteer organization "Young Bureaucrats, Of Course (YBOC)".[2] She also played violin in the Samohi school orchestra.

Loh graduated from Caltech with a BS in Physics; she returned in 2005 to deliver its commencement speech. She is also a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. Her early career as a performance artist included a piano concert on a freeway overpass in Downtown Los Angeles, and one in which she distributed hundreds of one-dollar-bills. She went on to perform a number of well-received autobiographical one-woman shows, in which she developed a particular form of observational humor. Her delivery style is generally ironic and spoken somewhat quickly.

Loh gained some national notoriety when KCRW canceled her weekly radio commentary, The Loh Life, after an engineer neglected to bleep her on-air utterance of the word "fuck" during a segment on knitting that aired on 22 February 2004.[3][4] The Loh Life was soon after picked up by the other Los Angeles NPR affiliate, KPCC. She is also the host of The Loh Down on Science, a daily science oriented radio show, and is/was a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's This American Life, American Public Media's Marketplace,[5] and other public radio programs. She has some versatility as a radio personality in that many of her programs, some of which airs at the same time, are aimed at a different radio audience. As an example, Loh would use humor to publicized a recent but serious scientific discover on The Loh Down on Science series while she would make a humorous comment on a current business topic on her segment on Marketplace.

Loh is the author of several books, including the semi-autobiographical A Year in Van Nuys. She has also written reviews of books about parenting, feminism, and several other topics for The Atlantic, where she is a regular contributor. Loh appeared in yet another one-woman show, "Mother on Fire," at the 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles between October 2005 and March 2006.[6] She made a brief cameo appearance in the 2006 film Unaccompanied Minors.[7] She is featured in the book Part Asian, 100% Hapa by artist Kip Fulbeck.[8]

In reviewing Loh's 2008 book Mother on Fire for the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Pamela Paul wrote that she "was in awe of [Loh's] quippy brilliance" and that Loh's writing ability "is no less than a feat of genius". [9]

Loh wrote about her divorce in a 2009 article for The Atlantic, where she has been a contributing writer for several years, focusing mostly on parenting and family issues. She explained at the time that, as a parent and full-time writer, "I did not have the strength to 'work on' falling in love again in our marriage."[10] She also admitted to cheating on her husband.[11]

Loh's essay, "The Bitch Is Back," which first appeared in The Atlantic, was selected a Best American Essay for the 2012 edition of the Best American Essays series.[12]

In 2014 Loh published The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, and was profiled in the New York Times. [13]

She had been invited to be the commencement speaker at Caltech in 2005[14] and at UC Irvine in 2014.[15]

Work[edit]

Discography
Bibliography
  • Loh, Sandra Tsing (2014). The Madwoman in the Volvo. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-08868-7. 
  • Loh, Sandra Tsing (2008). Mother on Fire. Crown. ISBN 978-0-609-60813-5. 
  • Loh, Sandra Tsing (2001). A Year in Van Nuys. Crown. ISBN 0-609-60812-6. 
  • Loh, Sandra Tsing (1997). If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now. Riverhead Hardcover. ISBN 1-57322-068-X. 
  • Loh, Sandra Tsing (1997). Aliens in America. Riverhead Books. ISBN 1-57322-627-0. 
  • Loh, Sandra Tsing (1996). Depth Takes a Holiday: Essays From Lesser Los Angeles. Riverhead Hardcover. ISBN 1-57322-031-0. 
Magazine contributions
Radio programs
Public speeches
Interviews

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandra Tsing Loh's Commencement Speech to the Caltech Class of 2005, California Institute of Technology, archived from the original on 2010-06-04, retrieved 2013-06-04 
  2. ^ Sandra Tsing-Loh, Marketplace, archived from the original on 2008-07-18, retrieved 2013-06-04 
  3. ^ Seipp, Catherine (2004-03-04). "WHAT THE F...K?!". Los Angeles CityBeat. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  4. ^ Inoue, Todd (2004-11-24). "Sandra Tsing Loh: Nuts To You". Metro. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  5. ^ Weingarten, Marc (June 23, 2000). "'Marketplace' Covers Wall Street at a Distance: David Brancaccio presides over a financial news show that aims to be hard-hitting and whimsical.". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Martinez, Al (2005-08-22). "A heart worn upon her sleeve". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Full cast and crew for Unaccompanied Minors (2006)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  8. ^ Yang, Jeff (March 30, 2006). "ASIAN POP / The Pursuit of Hapa-ness". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  9. ^ Paul, Pamela (2008-08-22). "Sunday Book Review: The Art of Momoir". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  10. ^ On marriage: Let’s call the whole thing off. MSNBC (2009-06-22). Retrieved on 2013-01-26.
  11. ^ Rainey, James (2009-06-17). "Sandra Tsing Loh reveals affair and anti-marriage stance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  12. ^ Robert Atwan; David Brooks (2012). The Best American Essays 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-0-547-84054-3. 
  13. ^ Jacobs, Alexandra (2014-05-18). "For Sandra Tsing Loh, Change Is Good". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  14. ^ "Father Knows Best, Except at Caltech: What's so wrong about graduates trying out for 'American Idol'?". Los Angeles Times. June 20, 2005. 
  15. ^ "UCI’s 47th annual commencement includes campus firsts". UC Irvine. 


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