I am assistant professor of Chinese and comparative literature at University of Georgia.
I specialize in early modern Chinese literature, early modern Chinese historiography and travelogues of Southeast Asia and Japan, print culture, race and ethnicity, gender, and Buddhism and Daoism in late imperial Chinese literature.
My first book manuscript titled Writing the Piracy War examines how 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 piracy. Arguing against current scholarship that late Ming Chinese scholars and their writings were insensitive to the world at large, this monograph shows that imperial identity was at the center of late Ming discourse on the wars against pirates and Japan, and that the thriving global maritime trade brought forth radical consequences to Chinese literature and knowledge about the world.
I am currently working on my second and third books. One is a field guide to demons in Journey to the West, and the other is about the literatures of ethnic minorities in southern China and their migration in the Indian Ocean.
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