Visiting Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University
I am a literary and cultural historian of late imperial and modern China. My PhD dissertation, which will be filed soon at UC Berkeley, explores a wide range of “secret scrolls,” namely texts that claimed the revelation of secret knowledge, in the late-imperial and modern print culture, such as books of prophecy, sectarian scriptures, secret society pamphlets, mesmerism how-to books, Kungfu manuals, as well as various fictional representations of such texts. My other interests include music, cinema, folklore, transcultural practices, digital methods, etc. I have published peer-reviewed articles in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Before Berkeley, I studied Chinese literature at Peking University (BA) and cultural anthropology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (MPhil). In the 2020-21 academic year, I am a Duke-DKU Global Fellow, teaching courses about China’s modern transition in the global context at Duke Kunshan University.
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