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 Nanlanda Sriwijaya Centre (2010)Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research (2013-2014), UGA’s Faculty Research Fellowship (2018) and Faculty Research Grant (2017), and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation International Scholarly Exchange Scholar Grant (2018-2019).

I am currently working on two book-length projects. One tentatively titled Dye, Hairpins, and Self-Portraits studies the relationship between identity and material and visual culture in late imperial drama, fiction, and women’s poetry. The other tentatively titled The Ocean and Chinese Literature in the Early Modern World investigates how Qing literati and scholar-officials discourse on oceans.

Education

Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Exchange Scholar, Yale University, 2009-2010

MA, Columbia University, 2006

MA, University of British Columbia, 2004

BA, Nankai University, 2002