Originally from Hong Kong, I’m a writer, pro-democracy activist, and graduate student concentrating in Global Histories at New York University. I’m currently writing, under the supervision of Jane Burbank and Soonyi Lee, a revisionist history tentatively entitled “Imperial Reconstructions: How Great Powers Shaped Hong Kong’s Sovereignty” as my M.A. thesis. My essays and articles on Hong Kong have appeared in, among others, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Hong Kong Free Press, and the World Policy Journal.
I obtained my B.A. also from N.Y.U., with high honors in History and Journalism. My thesis, “Music Below the Lion Rock: Social and Political Life in Hong Kong through the Lens of Transnational Cantopop, 1964–2004,” was supervised by David Ludden and Thomas Looser. It received three accolades from the College of Arts and Science: a DURF Grant that fully funded my research in Hong Kong; the Helen M. Jones Prize in History presented annually to the senior who has attained the best year-long record in the history honors seminar; and the N.Y.U. Best History Thesis Award of 2016.
My work centers on transnational political and cultural change throughout Hong Kong’s past and present. I’ve had the opportunity to share my thoughts on Hong Kong through presentations and discussions held at Brown, Columbia, N.Y.U., Rutgers, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations. Previously I’ve interned as a junior curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History during my study-away semester in Washington, D.C. and served on the editorial board of the Historian, an award-winning research journal published by N.Y.U.’s Department of History.
Beginning with the massive July 1 demonstration of 2003, I’ve taken part in numerous protests for democracy in Hong Kong and against Beijing’s encroachments. This hasn’t changed since moving to the United States a decade later. In the fall of 2014, I co-organized multiple solidarity rallies in both New York and Washington to support the then-ongoing Umbrella Movement back home. I’ve been quoted in a Harvard Political Review article in which I explained how and why the large-scale sit-ins had emerged. I’ve also made occasional appearances in the media, including BBC World News, Forbes, the Financial Times, Al Jazeera America, BuzzFeed, Radio Free Asia, and the South China Morning Post.
Beyond the academic realm, I’m serving as the chief researcher for Demosistō, the youth political party advocating self-determination in Hong Kong. In the summer of 2016, I campaigned for our chairperson, Nathan Law, who was successfully elected at age 23 as the youngest ever legislator in Hong Kong. I’m also one of the lead architects of “Decoding Hong Kong’s History,” an archival project that aims to collect, analyze, and digitize important historical documents on Hong Kong from collections around the world.