Jean’s research focuses on late 19th to early 20th century China.  She is particularly interested in late imperial intellectual history, philosophical hermeneutics, aesthetic theory, and translation studies.  Currently Jean is using “affect and emotion” as analytical categories to interpret the radical intellectual transformation and disjunction China experienced at the turn of the twentieth century.


PhD, University of California, Irvine

BA, MPhil, University of Hong Kong

Scholarship / Publications

Jean is completing a book-length study on the leading late Qing intellectual Liang Qichao.  Tentatively titled “Emotion, Music, and Laughter: Lyrical Betrayal of Translated Political Modernity,” the book examines how the presence of emotion in journalistic writings published during the early 1900’s exposes the fragility and fragmentation of Chinese modernity, and how this “crisis of meaning” is intricately connected to a rapidly developing, but much overlooked, scholarly movement that took place in the 19th century.    

“Political Modernity and Its Musical Dissociation: A Study of Guomin and Geming in Liang Qichao’s Historical Biographies.” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (2014, 8(2): 302-330).

Chinese Sculpture: A Historical Journey, by Liang Sicheng (co-translated with Man Sing Chan). Singapore: Gale Asia, 2015.

Last Updated: 10.06.2015