About Me

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I am assistant professor of Chinese and comparative literature at University of Georgia.

I specialize in late imperial Chinese vernacular fiction and drama, late imperial women’s poetry, early modern Chinese historiography and travelogues of Southeast Asia and Japan, pirates and the ocean in Chinese literature, material and visual culture, and aspects of the vernacular in early modern China.

My first book titled Writing the Piracy War (under contract with University of Michigan Press, forthcoming in fall of 2020) examines how in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, when “Japanese” pirates raided southeast coastal China and when Hideyoshi invaded Korea, late Ming Chinese scholars composed histories and vernacular fiction to narrate outlaws, pirates, and the Ming empire’s wars against oceanic piracy. Arguing against current scholarship that late Ming Chinese scholars and their writings were insensitive to the world at large, this monograph shows that late Ming discourse on pirates and oceanic piracy was central to imagining and contesting China’s imperial identity, constructing the notion of authorship, fostering debates on vernacular fiction, and promoting the creation of literary canon in the Sinophere. I have received supports for this book from Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (2011)Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research (2013-2014), UGA’s Faculty Research Fellowship (2018) and Faculty Research Grant (2017), Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation International Scholarly Exchange Scholar Grant (2018-2019), and UGA First Book Subvention.

I am currently working on two book-length projects. One titled Material Girls: Dyes, Hairpins, and Self-Portraits in Late Imperial Chinese Literature studies how visual and material culture constructed women’s personhood in late imperial literature. The other titled Stories of the Sea: Japan, Southeast Asia, and Chinese Literature in the Qing Dynasty (18th-19th century) hopes to tell a new literary history of marginal people and uncanonical texts on the move. Investigating the translation, adaptation, and reception of Western geographical treatises and Chinese literature within and beyond China, the book endeavors to discuss the dynamics connecting literary reform and migration and methods of comparative literature.

Education

Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania

Exchange Scholar, Yale University

MA, Columbia University

MA, University of British Columbia

BA, Nankai University