I am originally from Beijing, China. Now I am a first-year PhD student majoring in pre-modern Chinese literature. I got my Master's degree from Columbia University. My research interest lies in late imperial Chinese literature and culture, especially the legacy of the late-Ming philosopher Wang Yangming. In the following years, I hope to unravel how different writers engaged this Confucian figure as a public discourse in which both the literati and the masses were able to express their political or religious views as well as articulate their self-identities. Apart from my research, I write and translate poetry in both Chinese and English.