Roseann Lake is an American journalist and electric scooter enthusiast based in Beijing. Highlights from her four years in China include motor-biking across Yunnan, hosting a TV travel series about Tibet, and plowing through the Kubuqi Desert of Inner Mongolia to investigate the anti-desertification properties of licorice plants.

Prior to Beijing, Lake lived for stints in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Florence. She speaks five languages and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University. Publications her work has appeared in include TIME, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Diplomat, Salon, and The South China Morning Post. She is the author of a forthcoming book about love in China.

Last Updated: February 21, 2015



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