As a scholar, I look at transnational Chinese cinemas and the creative labor of Chinese actors across nations, media modes, genres, and time periods throughout the past three decades. My dissertation explores corporeal politics articulated through the Chinese body in contemporary Chinese and American media, with particular focus on embodied performances of sex, health, and beauty. My research interests include: Chinese and Asian American representations in cinema; embodiment studies and body politics; national and transnational cinema studies; gender and feminist studies; critical race studies; phenomenology, affect, and sensory theories; performance studies; digital media; experimental and documentary film; interdisciplinary cultural studies and anthropological approaches.
Motivated by the ethics of cultural inclusion within popular culture, my praxis-based media work focuses on issues of representation and embodiment. To see some of my creative work, please click on “Creative Praxis.”