The Digital Literary map of the Late-Sixteenth-Century Chinese Novel Romance of the Yang Family Generals

This literary map sketches the major battle routes described and mentioned in the prolific late Ming literatus-publisher Xiong Damu's 熊大木 (ca. 1506-1579) Romance of the Northern Song (Beisong zhizhuan 北宋志傳). The romance-novel itself is based upon the saga of Yang Family Generals (Yangjia jiang 楊家將)--the oral and literary family compound of pinghua 平話, plays, and [...]

New article published on Chinese Literature, Essays, Articles, and Reviews (CLEAR)

I am happy to announce that I have a new journal article titled "Dye and Desire: The Problem of Purple in Jin Ping Mei cihua" published on CLEAR (Chinese Literature, Essays, Articles, and Reviews). The article examines the curious material and cultural history of purple and dyes in the late Ming novel Jin Ping Mei [...]

Writing Pirates received publication subvention award from James P. Geiss Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation

I am honored to share the good news that my first book Writing Pirates: Vernacular Fiction and Oceans in Late Ming China has received a generous publication subvention award from James P. Geiss Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation. This award will ensure that the book has paperback edition, open-access edition, and illustrations in color. Thank you, [...]

New article published on the Journal of the Siam Society

I am delighted to announce that I have a new peer-review journal article published on the Journal of the Siam Society (a leading journal of Southeast Asian studies), Vol. 108:2, pp.1-16. The journal article is titled: “Siam as Chinese Utopia: Overseas Chinese, Colonialism, and Race in the Seventeenth-Century Chinese Novel The Sequel to the Water Margin".  [...]