I am a PhD candidate who majors in Comparative Politics at Department of Political Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, I am a Visiting Scholar at the Korean Studies Institute at University of Southern California.
I study identity politics, immigration and citizenship, and East Asia. I am currently working on a project that explores immigrant incorporation in Japan, with a focus on naturalization among overseas Chinese and zainichi Koreans. My other projects include immigrant incorporation in East Asia and Latin America, national narratives and national identity, and consequences of intergroup contact between hostile groups during peacetime.
Before coming to U of I, I hold a B.A and M.A. in Diplomacy at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. I speak Mandarin, Korean, and have just started learning Japanese. I did fieldwork in Yokohama, Japan in the year of 2018, as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Waseda University.