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  • PhD. Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
  • MA. Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University
  • BA. Chinese Language and Literature, Ji'nan University


Academic Employment

  • Director of MA Programme, Chinese Department, Hong Kong Baptist University (16–)
  • Professor, Chinese Department, Hong Kong Baptist University (15–)
  • Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Chinese Department, Hong Kong Baptist University (06–15)
  • Lecturer, Department of Chinese Studies, The University of Sydney (01–07)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University (99–00)
  • Graduate Instructor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado at Boulder (92–99)


Courses Taught

  • Selected Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Selected Readings in Classical Chinese Prose
  • Selected Readings in Western Literature in Chinese Translation
  • Literary Criticism
  • Chinese Rhetoric
  • Special Topics in Chinese Literary Theory: Eastern Han to Southern Dynasties
  • Special Topics in the History of Chinese Literature: Tang Poetry
  • Special Topics in the History of Chinese Literature: Early and High Tang Poetry
  • Special Topics in the History of Chinese Literature: Poetry of the Jin and Liu-Song Dynasties
  • Research Methods and Seminar
  • Selected Masterpieces of Chinese Linguistics and Etymology
  • Wenxin diaolong


Research Interests

  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Bibliography
  • History of Scholarship
  • Early Daoist Literature
  • Comparative Literature


Research Projects

  • National Social Science Foundation Large Grant: “Comprehensive Collections and Studies of Chinese Inscriptions on Bamboo Slips and Silk.” Sub-topic: “Mythological Narratives in Bamboo Slips and Silk Inscriptions” (16-18)
  • “In Search of the Peach Blossom Spring: Literary Adaptations of the Liu Chen and Ruan Zhao Adventure in Medieval China” (FRG/15-16)
  • “The Time-Travel of Liu Chen and Ruan Zhao: The Wonderland Romance and Its Variations in Medieval Chinese Literature” (FRG/12–14)
  • “Peach, Sesame, Goat Jerky, and Beef: A Meal for Spatiotemporal Displacement in an Early Medieval Chinese Narrative” (FRG/11–12)
  • “Three Unheeded Facets in Early Chinese Literature and Culture” (FRG/10–11)
  • “Termination and Determination: The ‘End’ in Early Medieval Chinese Poetic Representation” (FRG/10–11)
  • “The Poetics of Meditation: The Process of Literary Creation in Early Daoist Scriptures” (FRG/07–10)


Professional / Community Services

  • Assessor. Research Grant Council (RGC), Hong Kong Government (2014)
  • Expert Assessor Research Council (ARC), Australia's national authority for academic research (2006–pres.)
  • Advisory Committee Member for Chinese Literature, Hong Kong Examination Assessment Authority (HKCEE) (2007–2012)
  • Advisory Committee Member for Chinese Literature, Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) (2012–15)
  • BA (Hons) Curriculum Advisory Committee, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (2010)
  • Executive Officer, American Oriental Society (Western Branch) (2008–11); 2014-17
  • Board member of Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Committee (2002, 2003, 2005), Sydney, Australia
  • Board member of organizing committee for Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, Sydney Regional Competition (2003–05)
  • Principal Judge, The National Chinese Eisteddfod, Sydney, Australia (2003–05)
  • Peer-review for: Book manuscript sumitted to Chinese University Press, Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (New York), T'oung Pao (Leiden and Paris), Tang Studies (USA), Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (USA), Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia (Sydney), Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), Journal of Chinese Studies (Hong Kong), etc.


Publications (selected)


  • Considering the End: Mortality in Early Medieval Chinese Literary Representation. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. xii + 239.
  • Co-editor. A Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul W. Kroll on His Sixtieth Birthday. T'ang Studies 26 (2008).


  • “Beyond Border and Boudoir: The Frontier in the Poetry of the Four Elites of Early Tang.” In Paul W. Kroll, ed. Reading Medieval Chinese Poetry: Studies in Text, Context, and Culture. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 130 -68.
  • “As the Crickets Stridulate: Texts and Textual Weaving in the `Ballad of Mulan'.” In Shirley Chan, Barbara Hendrischke, and Sue Wiles, eds. Willow Catkins: Festschrift for Dr Lily Xiao Hong Lee on the Occasion of Her 75th Birthday. Sydney: The Oriental Society of Australia, 2014, pp. 3 -37.
  • “A New Reading of an Early Medieval Riddle: ‘Utterly Wonderful, Lovely Words’?” T’oung Pao 99.1 (2013), forthcoming.
  • “‘Jade Flower’ and the Motif of Mystic Excursion in Early Religious Daoist Poetry.” Alan K. L. Chan and Y. K. Lo, eds., Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China. New York: State University of New York Press, 2010, pp. 165–187.
  • “Searching for the Bodies of the Drowned: A Folk Tradition of Early China Recovered.” Journal of The American Oriental Society 129.3 (2009): 385–401.
  • “The Quest of Lord of the Great Dao: Textual and Literary Exegeses of a Shangqing ‘Register’ (HY 1378).” T’ang Studies 26 (2008): 143–173.
  • “A Tale of Two Worlds: The Late Tang Poetic Presentation of The Romance of the Peach Blossom Font.” T’oung Pao 94 (2008): 209–245.
  • “Wall Carvings, Elixir, and the Celestial King: An Exegetic Exercise on Du Fu’s Poems on Two Palaces.” Journal of The American Oriental Society 127.4 (Oct.–Dec. 2008): 471–489.
  • “A Reevaluation of Chen Ziang’s ‘Manifesto of a Poetic Reform.’” Journal of The Oriental Society of Australia 35 (2004–05): 56–85.


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