Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui has written about wildfires, water, and the natural world for the New York Times, California Sunday, and Pop-Up Magazine. She is the author of the award-winning American Chinatown; her next book, Why We Swim, will be published by Algonquin Books in May 2020.

Alta Asks Live: Bonnie Tsui

"Why We Swim" author Bonnie Tsui joined Alta Asks Live and Heather Scott Partington to talk about her new book, her passion for the water, and how she's passing time during a pandemic. 

One Starfish founder Tia Fechter and her daughter on a visit to the organization’s safe-parking site in Marina, California.

Safe Spaces Available for California’s Homeless

Monterey County’s Tia Fechter launched One Starfish to provide overnight parking and social services to people living in their cars. Five years later, more cities across California are offering similar programs.

A Cal Fire airplane drops retardant on a large hilltop home that caught fire during a 2014 wildfire in San Marcos.

Fighting Fire from Above

Longer fire seasons, bigger blazes, and urban encroachment into the wilderness pose new challenges for those charged with fighting flames from the sky.