About Me


I am an 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 Pirates: Vernacular Fiction and Oceans in Late Ming China (University of Michigan Press, 2021) examines an emerging Chinese discourse of pirates in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when “Japanese” pirates raided southeast coastal China, when Hideyoshi invaded Korea, and when the Manchus took over China. Late Ming Chinese scholars composed travelogues, unofficial histories, and vernacular fiction to narrate pirates and China’s Orient– the exotic cultures and peoples in Japan, Java, and Siam. Revising current scholarship on late imperial Chinese literature that is predicated on China being an inland empire, my book endeavors to reveal the crucial role that cross-border trade, war, diplomacy, and migration in Maritime Asia played in shaping a highly malleable and fragile Chinese public sphere that centered on notions of authorship, authenticity, vernacularity, and falsehood. This ambivalent and fluid discourse of pirates engendered Chinese literature’s intra-cultural and cross-cultural literary innovation in the Sinosphere.

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 (2019).

I am currently working on two book-length projects. One titled Globalism and China’s Literature (100-1500) offers case studies on globalism and Chinese literature in the Middle Ages. The other book titled Material Girls: Dyes, Hairpins, and Self-Portraits in Late Imperial Chinese Literature studies how visual and material culture constructed women’s persona and personhood in late imperial literature and culture.

I have received supports from Kathryn Davis Fellowship For Peace from Middlebury College (2020) and SSRC Transregional Research Inter-Asian Context and Contact Short-Term Residency Grant (2020) on a long-term project tentatively titled Stories of the Sea that hopes to tell a new literary history of marginal people and uncanonical texts on the move.


Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania

Exchange Scholar, Yale University

MA, Columbia University

MA, University of British Columbia

BA, Nankai University