About

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JEMIMAH JAMES WEI |
I’m with you in Rockland.

Jemimah Wei was born and raised in Singapore, where she has been a television host, travel blogger, film producer, screenwriter, English teaching assistant, copywriter, and through it all, the writer behind lifestyle blog jemmawei.com. Originally launched in 2007 as an avenue for writing and expression, it has now grown to also encompass photography and personal thoughts on travel, literature, fashion, and cats. She is currently based in Singapore and New York.

HITHERTO |
All of the following in lipstick and heels.

Jemimah Wei is a writer and host based in Singapore and New York. Her fiction has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, support from the Francine Ringold Award for New Writers, and she was recently named a 2020 Felipe P. De Alba Fellow at Columbia University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod, Smokelong Quarterly, Pigeonholes, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazines, and JMWW journal, amongst others. She is presently at work on a novel and several television projects.

As a writer, producer, and television host, her creative repertoire has thus far been interdisciplinary. She was writer, executive producer, and casting director for viral short film “My BB Love”; executive producer for #0000FF (Jasmine Sokko for MTV Asia); host for various broadcast and digital channels (NBC E!, Clicknetwork TV, Singtel); teaching assistant (Nanyang Technological University, School of Humanities); and has had her short stories published both locally and internationally. She launched the unprecedented #JemmaRecommends reading project in 2017 with Times Books and WH Smith, promoting a range of curated titles with a focus on identity and migration, and in 2018 established an annual scholarship with GrabAcademy supporting one student interested in pursuing a tertiary education in the arts and humanities. She is also the ambassador for the Words on Wheels non-profit volunteer cooperation, a programme by the Singapore International Foundation that brings mobile libraries to countries like Indonesia and Vietnam in a bid to promote reading among children by improving their access to books. In 2020, she was one of Google’s How She Does It speakers, an event that features distinguished women sharing their life stories to inspire, interact and connect with people across industries, countries, and age groups.

Jemimah worked as a copywriter & social media strategist for Spanish-American based firm Havas Media from 2011 to 2013, and was also the Social Media Community Manager for Air Asia Expedia’s Backkick in 2012. Over the years, she has written copy for the likes of Volkswagen Singapore, Air France, Singtel, Coca Cola, and DBS, amongst others. She shifted much of her focus to literary projects in 2017. In 2018, she completed her editorial traineeship with literary agency Aitken Alexander Associates London, and publishing house 4th Estate Harper Collins, London. She was also a national writing juror for 2020’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

She has written travel guides and creative non-fiction narratives for brands like Airbnb, Disney, and Nikon. She is a columnist for No Contact Magazine, contributing opinion writer for Her World Singapore, reader-in-residence for SmokeLong Quarterly, and currently sits on the Fiction board of the Columbia Journal.

As of Fall 2019, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University School of the Arts in the city of New York. She is supported by the Columbia Writing Scholarship, the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate), years of savings, and painstaking financial planning, because it is important to be honest about the realities of pursuing one’s dream.

FICTION / NON FICTION |
“Furthermore…”

“In Just Thirty Minutes” – CRAFT Literary (Forthcoming) (Fiction, Online, 2021)

“How To Sit” – (mac)ro(mic) (Forthcoming) (CNF, Online, 2021)

“Forgotten Densities” – The Margins; Asian American Writer’s Workshop (Forthcoming) (Fiction, Online, 2021)

“Bleach” – Nimrod International Journal Spring/Summer 2021, Finalist; 2020 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers, Honorable Mention (Forthcoming) (Fiction, Print, 2021)

Authentic, Real, and Good” – Fractured Literary (Fiction, Online, 2021)

“Alexa” – Pidgeonholes (Forthcoming) (Fiction, Online, 2021)

Waiting” – SmokeLong Quarterly, Issue 68. Finalist for the 2020 SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction. (Fiction, Online, 2020)

Jennie Trilogy:

The Light At The End of the Pail” – époque press (Fiction, Online, 2020)

The Life Cycle of Temporal Biomatter Attachments” – XRAY Literary Magazine. Nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize. Selected for XRAY Literary Magazine’s Fall Collection, 2020. (Fiction, Online, 2020)

The Girl in the Tampon Commercial” – No Contact Magazine. (Fiction, Online, 2020)

Everything Is Fine” – JMWW. Nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize. (Fiction, Online, 2020)

“Watercolor Girls” – No Contact Magazine // Virtual Reading for No Contact Magazine (Fiction, Online, 2020)

“Saltwater” – Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore (Fiction, Online, 2020)

“George” – published in From The Belly of the Cat, curated by Stephanie Ye and currently available in store at BooksActually. Honorable Mention in the Best New Singaporean Short Stories 2015 edition. (Fiction, Print, 2015)

Whose Story Is It? A Conversation with Tash Aw” – Columbia Journal (Interview, Online, 2019)

Review: Real Life” – Columbia Journal (Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

Review: Little Eyes” – Columbia Journal (Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Between Two States” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Limited Permissions” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Surface Tension” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Three Steps to Heaven” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Archives and Absences” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: A Day in the Life at the End of the World” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Wind-up Toy” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Neutral Buoyancy” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Certain Imagined Futures” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: In Which the Narrator Simply Does Not Know” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Cadenza.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: But, But, But” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Yet Another Candidate for your Attention.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Fragments for a Future.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Self-Presentation” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Late Night Snacks” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Once Upon a Time” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: The Aunt and I” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Snow Day” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: A Litany Of Small Fun Things” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Shedding Season.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

CURBSIDE: Precipitation.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2021)

CURBSIDE: An Appy Start.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2021)

CURBSIDE: Belonging.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2021)

CURBSIDE: Lunar Revision.” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2021)

CURBSIDE: What you’ll learn from a week on Clubhouse” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2021)

CURBSIDE: Please Stand By” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2021)

CURBSIDE: From this spot in the line” – No Contact Magazine (Creative Non Fiction, Online, 2021)

Temporal State of Mind” – Op-Ed for Singapore Heritage Festival, 2020. (Non Fiction, Online, 2020)

To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” – Her World Singapore (Non Fiction, Print, 2018)

To World Enough, and Time” – Her World Singapore (Non Fiction, Print, 2020)

The Five Friends You have in Your Twenties” – The A List (Non Fiction, Online, 2019)

ONSCREEN |
Variations on the word “closet”.

Jemimah hosts popular online TV series Hype Hunt on clicknetwork.tv with her onscreen sweetheart Roz Pho. You can watch them in action here.

She is also the host of NBC’s E! Travel Diaries, along with Ksenija Lukich and David John Schaap; Singtel’s Ready Set Roam Season 3; and IMDA x Clicknetwork TV’s The Public Investigator.

SHOWREEL |
And one man in his time plays many parts

Besides hosting her own reality TV series, Jemimah has also featured and acted in several TVCs and shorts. Here are some of the more notable ones:

TVC for Laneige: Your Inspiration. Your Dream. Uniquely U Campaign.

2015TVC for Nivea: Jemma’s Mud Cleanser Test

TVC for Coca Cola: Share A Coke to #Saythankyou

TVC for Nivea: #thatawkwardmoment

TVC and hosting for Liese: Creamy Bubble Color

Video shoot for Standard Chartered Singapore: #shopsmarteronline campaign

Campaign for Paypal: New Money Campaign

2015Money Smart’s Geneco Commercial Sparking Savings with Gene Condo

Travel Related:

2015Travel Series for Changi Airport: #ChangiBarepackers

Travel Series for Okinawa Tourism Board x Jetstar Asia 2018: Secrets of Okinawa

Travel Series for Jetstar Asia 2017: Jetstar Flies to Okinawa!

2018Travel Series for Jetstar Asia: Osaka – Battle of the Bad Puns!

2018Travel Series for Singapore Changi Airport DFS: #ShowYourCraft Episode 4

Travel Campaign for Klook: Jemma in Chiang Mai

Travel Campaign for Lotte Duty Free: Lotte Duty Free x Jemma

Travel Campaign for Klook: Jemma’s Korea Instatravelogue

Travel Campaign for Scoot, Taiwan: SG Love Taiwan

Travel Series for Changi Airport: Unravel Travel, Luang Prabang

Travel Series for Changi Airport: Unravel Travel, Vientiane

Video Campaign with Airbnb x Carousell: Share Your Travel Story

2013-2015
Fashion Show Host: Season One of That F Word on Clicknetwork

Interviews

Hosting for Darlie Singapore: Project #Upgradeforabetterme

AND BEHIND |
If you want roses, plant roses.

Jemma also occasionally swaps out being before the camera to being behind it, and here are some of the film projects that she has worked on:

Executive producer, writer, casting director: My BB Love – Original short film for Laneige Singapore

Executive producer: #0000FF – Music Video for Jasmine Sokko

Writer, creative: Jem and Roz visit the SSG – Skit for Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Writer, Producer: Dear Internet: This is Just a Detour – Anthology series for IMDA x Clicknetwork TV [Forthcoming]

LASTLY |
Just a word..

If you’d like to read more about my exciting relationship with the coffee machine and other similar things, you might want to check out my twitter account: @jemmawei or if you’re the visual type, im the kind who takes pictures of my food. Like what you see? Get in touch.