About Me

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I am currently visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of Georgia. I received a Ph.D in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania. I was an SSRC (Social Science Research Council) trans-regional research postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University.

My research interests include but are not limited to: medieval and early modern globalism and China’s literature, Chinese historiography and travelogues of Southeast Asia and Japan, race and ethnicity, pirates, the sea, and Chinese literature, material and visual culture, late imperial women’s literature, translation studies, and cross-cultural exchange in premodern times.

My first book Writing Pirates: Vernacular Fiction and Oceans in Late Ming China (University of Michigan Press, February 2021) connects Chinese literary production to emerging discourses of pirates and the sea. In the late Ming dynasty, so-called “Japanese pirates” raided southeast coastal China, Hideyoshi invaded Korea, Europeans sailed for overseas territories, and Chinese maritime merchants and emigrants founded diaspora communities in Southeast Asia. Travel writings, histories, and fiction of the period jointly narrated pirates and China’s Orient in maritime Asia. I show that the late Ming discourses of pirates and the sea were fluid, ambivalent, and dialogical: they simultaneously entailed imperialistic and personal narratives of the “other:” foreigners, renegades, migrants, and marginalized authors. At the center of the discourses, early modern concepts of empire, race, and authenticity were intensively negotiated. Connecting late Ming literature to the global maritime world, Writing pirates expands current discussions of Chinese diaspora and debates on Sinophone language and identity. 

Supports for this book:

Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (2010), Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research (2013-2014), UGA Faculty Research Grant (2017), Willson Center Faculty Research Fellowship (2018), Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation International Scholarly Exchange Scholar Grant (2018-2019), and UGA First Book Subvention (2019). 

My second book Early Globalism and China’s Literature (Cambridge University Press), Cambridge Elements Series edited by Geraldine Heng and Susan Noakes, is forthcoming. It offers case studies on the ways China’s literature was involved in early globalism in premodernity.

I have two new projects: one is tentative titled Colors and Dyes in Late Imperial Literature and Culture and the other is on Southeast Asia and Han and non-Han Chinese literature in premodern times.

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