What is your primary research interest?
The field of my speciality is “contemporary and modern Chinese literature” and “critical theory.” I am trained as a specialist on modern Chinese literature and aesthetics during my years at NYU. The Title of my dissertation is "The Wild Individual：Politics and Aesthetics of Realism in Post-Mao China (1977-1984)."
Are you working on any specific projects right now?
Currently, I am working on a new project titled as “The ‘Individual’ and ‘Multitude’ in Advanced Market Economy: Chinese Realism at the Beginning of the 21st Century.”
What recommendations would you give a graduate student at NYU focusing in East Asian Studies?
My recommendation is to pay extra attention to theory and do not be scared by philosophy. I still remember the spring afternoons when we discussed Hegel and his Phenomenology of Mind in Professor Xudong Zhang’s class and this is my favorite experience about studying at NYU.
Why did you choose East Asian Studies and NYU for your graduate work?
Department of East Asian Studies at NYU is also famous for its faculty’s critical attitude toward the traditional discipline of area studies. They encouraged me to engage in a systemic study of European philosophy and theory and reminded me of the necessary theoretical reflection in producing any knowledge about China or East Asia.
Interviewed June 2017