Sandra Tsing Loh
Sandra Tsing Loh
|Occupation||Actress, author, radio personality, professor|
Life and career
Loh is the younger daughter of a Chinese father 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)". 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.
A writer for the publication Asian American Playwrights called Loh "a multifaceted artist'". Her piano recordings of her original compositions that were made during the late 1980s were labeled "a cross between Art Tatum and Francis Poulenc". A writer for the New York Times called Loh "perpetual darling of the ever-beleaguered Los Angeles intelligentsia and constant candidate for that publishers’ holy grail, the female David Sedaris". 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. 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 was a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's This American Life, American Public Media's Marketplace, and other public radio programs. She has some versatility as a radio personality in that many of her programs, some of which air at the same time, are aimed at a different radio audience. As an example, Loh would use humor to publicize a recent but serious scientific discovery 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. She made a brief cameo appearance in the 2006 film Unaccompanied Minors. She is featured in the book Part Asian, 100% Hapa by artist Kip Fulbeck.
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". 
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." She also admitted to cheating on her husband.
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.
In 2014, Loh published The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, and was profiled in The New York Times. Loh adapted The Madwoman in the Volvo into a play for South Coast Repertory Theater.
- Pianovision (1991) K2B2 Records
- 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
- The Atlantic Monthly Archive of her articles in this publication since 2003
- The Madwoman in the Volvo (2016)
- Radio programs
- "The Loh Down". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-06-04., Audio archives of her business oriented radio commentaries on the public radio program, Marketplace (2004-2005)
- This American Life Audio archive of her contributions to the public radio program This American Life (1995-1998)
- The Loh Life Audio archive of her weekly radio commentaries on public radio
- The Loh Down On Science Audio archive of her daily science show on public radio
- Public speeches
- "2005 Caltech commencement speech". Archived from the original on 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2013-06-04.; An audio, and video versions are also available via iTunes
- Audio interview with Sandra Tsing Loh on public radio program The Sound of Young America
- Audio interview with Sandra Tsing Loh on KCSN Arts & Roots Forum by Martin Perlich
- Sandra Tsing Loh Q&A at The Nation magazine (2014)
- Itagaki, Lynn M. (2002). Liu, Miles Xian, ed. Asian American Playwrights: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 212–217. ISBN 9780313314551 – via Google Books.
- Jacobs, Alexandra (2014-05-18). "For Sandra Tsing Loh, Change Is Good". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-18.
- "Sandra Tsing Loh, Former Faculty, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts". Retrieved 2016-09-02.
- Loh, Sandra Tsing (2005). "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.
- "Sandra Tsing-Loh". Marketplace. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "About". K2B2 Records.
- Seipp, Catherine (2004-03-04). "WHAT THE F...K?!". Los Angeles CityBeat. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- Inoue, Todd (2004-11-24). "Sandra Tsing Loh: Nuts To You". Metro. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- 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.
- Martinez, Al (2005-08-22). "A heart worn upon her sleeve". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- "Full cast and crew for Unaccompanied Minors (2006)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
- Yang, Jeff (March 30, 2006). "ASIAN POP / The Pursuit of Hapa-ness". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Paul, Pamela (2008-08-22). "Sunday Book Review: The Art of Momoir". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
- Loh, Sandra Tsing (2009-06-22). "On marriage: Let's call the whole thing off". MSNBC. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- Rainey, James (2009-06-17). "Sandra Tsing Loh reveals affair and anti-marriage stance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- Atwan, Robert & Brooks, David (2012). The Best American Essays 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-0-547-84054-3.
- "The Madwoman in the Volvo". South Coast Repertory. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
- "Father Knows Best, Except at Caltech: What's so wrong about graduates trying out for 'American Idol'?". Los Angeles Times. June 20, 2005.
- "UCI's 47th annual commencement includes campus firsts". UC Irvine. Archived from the original on 2012-08-13.[dead link]
- "Speakers Selected for UM-Flint's 2015 Spring Commencement Ceremonies" (Press release). University of Michigan–Flint. April 16, 2015.