Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Asian American Literature, and Multi-ethnic Literature
Ph.D. in English, Kent State University, May 2017.
M.A. in English, Washington State University, May 2004.
B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung City, Taiwan, June 2002.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Toerne Award for Best Dissertation, Department of English, Kent State University, April 2018.
Taoyuan City of Taiwan Printing Association Scholarship (桃園印刷公會獎學金), 1999-2002.
“The Cultural Construction of Taiwan in the Literatures of Taiwan, China, and The United States”: This dissertation explores the complexity of the construction of Taiwan and Taiwanese identity through three literary texts: Wang Chen-ho’s Rose, Rose, I Love You (1998), Chan Koonchung’s The Fat Years (2009), and Brenda Lin’s Wealth Ribbon: Taiwan Bound, America Bound (2004). It examines the cultural construction of the modern nation-state of Taiwan in relation to the geopolitical poles in which it is situated: China and the United States, and it explores the discursive emergence of modern-day Taiwan in order to make sense of a Taiwanese identity that is constructed through a long history of colonization and manipulated by contemporary neoliberal capitalism and geopolitical interests. (Directors: Dr. Babacar M’Baye and Dr. Masood Raja)
PRESENTATIONS AND TALKS
“Taiwan-United States-China Relations in the Science Fiction Novel Age of Prosperity: China 2013 [The Fat Years],” Science Fiction Research Association, Lublin, Poland, July 2011.
“A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema Concerning White Males, the Military, and the Alien Other.” Science Fiction Research Association’s 41st Annual International Conference, Carefree, AZ, U.S.A., June 24-27, 2010.
“Cultural Memory and Schizophrenic Identity in Hua-Ling Nieh’s Mulberry and Peach.” Spring 2010 Association of Graduate English Students Research Symposium, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, U.S.A., April 22, 2010.
“Cultural Memory and Schizophrenic Identity in Hua-Ling Nieh’s Mulberry and Peach.” Asia Pacific Americas Research Cluster Conference on Spatial Imaginaries and Critical Geographies Across the Pacific, Santa Cruz, CA, U.S.A., February 27, 2010.
“Where’s Caliban in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day?”, Annual English Department M.A. Conference, Washington State University, Pullman WA, U.S.A., April 2004.
“Where’s Caliban in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day?”, Pacific Northwest American Studies Conference, Warm Spring, OR, U.S.A., April 2004.
“Immigration, Alienation, and Arizona SB 1070.” Science Fiction Research Association’s 41st Annual International Conference, Carefree, AZ, U.S.A., 24-27 June 2010.
Private English Writing Tutor, Atlanta, GA, Fall 2013.
Teaching Assistant, Honor’s Colloquium, “World Literature,” Professor Masood A. Raja, Kent State University, Spring 2009.
Teaching Assistant, Honor’s Colloquium, “Postcolonial Literature,” Professor Masood A. Raja, Kent State University, Fall 2008.
Instructor, Writing Tutorial, Washington State University, 2002-2004.
Tutor, Writing Center, Washington State University, 2002-2004.
ACADEMIC SERVICES AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Essay Reviewer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Narrative, Characters, Media, and Event, special issue of NANO: New American Notes Online, edited by Jason W. Ellis and Sean Scanlan, no. 12, 2017, https://nanocrit.com/issues/issue12/.
Essay Reviewer, Gory Third Screens: Violence and Masculinity in Postcolonial Films. edited by Swaralipi Nandi, Zubaan Books, 2011.
Essay Reviewer, The Postnational Fantasy: Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction. edited by Masood Ashraf Raja, Jason W. Ellis, and Swaralipi Nandi, McFarland, 2011.
Association for Asian American Studies, 2011-Present.
Modern Languages Association, 2005, 2010-2103.
Science Fiction Research Association, 2010-2011.
Mandarin Chinese: Native speaker. Fluent speaking, reading, and writing ability.
Hakkha: Fluent speaking ability.
Taiwanese: Moderate speaking ability.
English: Fluent speaking, reading, and writing ability.