I’m an MSt student in Oriental Studies. During my childhood I was influenced by my father, a professor in traditional Chinese, who still believes in the slow, traditional method of humanistic education, through reading and reciting Chinese classics. Thus I started my exploration of traditional Chinese literature at a very young age. I studied English Literature at Tsinghua University and received my BA in English in 2017. During my undergraduate years I spent most of my time reading Western literature and philosophy and taking various courses in Chinese literature at the same time.
I worked as a research assistant at the Oriental Institute, Oxford in summer 2016, and I was greatly inspired by seeing how new understandings of Chinese texts can be reached using Western theories and methods. I felt my enthusiasm for research on modern Chinese literature ignited. I am interested in the intellectual history of modern China, as well as contemporary Chinese art and visual culture. In addition to this, I enjoy studying classical Chinese. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Chinese classics still have a profound influence over my life and work.
I plan to do a PhD in Oriental Studies afterwards, and I wish to keep improving my own knowledge and contributing to the field. I look forward to communicating with other Ertegun scholars about questions and issues common to many Humanities subjects, solving problems and exploring new ground. I have extensive knowledge of Chinese calligraphy and Peking Opera, as well as a mastery of ancient Chinese, and I am also a ballet lover.