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 Pirates, Ocean, and Literature in Late Ming China (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming) examines how during the late sixteenth and mid 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 exotic cultures and peoples in Japan, Java, and Siam. Revising current scholarship that mainly focuses on inland China, my book endeavors to reveal the crucial role that the ocean played in shaping China’s early modernity through literature.

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 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. This project has 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).

Education

Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania

Exchange Scholar, Yale University

MA, Columbia University

MA, University of British Columbia

BA, Nankai University