What projects are you working on now? Tell us about your new position. What experiences, having been both a student and a faculty at NYU, will be beneficial to your new position?
I have been working in the Institute of Literature at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences since 2013. The research interests are Chinese literature and literary theories. One of the important sections of East Asian Studies program is theoretical training, and to locate the ideas and problematics of theory in the context of history, to think both historically and theoretically, which have been engraved on my mind.
What projects are you working on now?
I am still at work at revising the doctoral dissertation, and doing field research in factories and countryside around two months per year as well.
What recommendations would you give a graduate student at NYU and one focusing in East Asian Studies?
The East Asian Studies program is part of the area studies that had established after WWII. NYU’s program is quite late and unique, in terms of its critical reflection on the scholarly evaluations toward East Asian countries, the non-western world. And now the whole landscape is changing. Interdisciplinary visions and vast readings beyond one’s own disciple are always necessary for doctoral training; however, it might to equally important to find your own question.
Looking back, what were some of your favorite things about studying at NYU and about the EAS?
You can experience a vibrant academic and urban cultural atmosphere at NYU. The lectures, seminars, reading groups among graduate student, and the debates over strike, etc., are very interesting and challenging one to leave one’s previous intellectual or national stances.
Interviewed February 2018