Matt is originally from the Bay Area but went to school at Whitman College in Washington State. He graduated with a BA in Asian Studies after studying Chinese language, politics, and history, and completing his undergraduate thesis in Taiwan. After graduating he participated in the Whitman In China Teaching fellowship and taught English to undergraduate and graduate students at Yunnan University in Kunming, China.
He has traveled extensively around Asia including backpacking in the lower Himalayas, scuba diving in the Philippines and studying in Taiwan. In his spare time he is a swimmer, surfer and aspiring chef. Future travel plans include Japan, Korea and Indonesia.