Overall, my research hinges on Hong Kong — an entrepôt that morphed into a global financial hub, a center of cultural and knowledge production, and the “Berlin of the East” bridging China and the world — to illuminate historical forces that transcend national boundaries, which range widely from postwar decolonization to the rise of the mass media. I’ve had the opportunity to speak about the territory’s past and present through talks held at Brown, Columbia, N.Y.U., Toronto, 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 college study-away semester in Washington, D.C. and sat on the editorial board of the Historian, America’s oldest undergraduate history journal published by N.Y.U.’s Department of History.
Beyond the academic realm, I’m serving as chief researcher for Demosistō, the Hong Kong youth political party that advocates democracy and self-determination. I campaigned in the summer of 2016 for Nathan Law, our chairperson, who was successfully elected at age 23 as the youngest ever legislator in Hong Kong. Additionally, I’m one of the lead architects of “Decoding Hong Kong’s History.” Launched in February 2017, it’s a long-term collaborative public history project with the Liber Research Community that — having been featured by the Financial Times and the Hong Kong Free Press — has so far crowdfunded over US$25,000 to collect, digitize, and analyze declassified files from archives around the globe.
Beginning with the massive July 1 march in 2003, I’ve been an active participant in numerous protests for greater autonomy in Hong Kong against Beijing’s encroachments. This hasn’t changed since I moved across the Pacific a decade later. In the fall of 2014, I co-organized multiple solidarity rallies in New York and Washington to support the then-ongoing Umbrella Movement back home. I’ve also made occasional appearances in the news media and academic journals, including BBC, CNN, the Financial Times, Forbes, Al Jazeera America, Radio Free Asia, the Harvard Political Review, and the McGill International Review. Presently from Toronto, I’m translating “Protests from Prison,” a Guardian column written by my good friend Joshua Wong.