Contemporary China Studies
The impact of the short-stories of the French writer Paul Morand (1888-1976) on the writing of the Chinese New-sensationists has been touched on by several writers including Leo Ou-fan Lee, Shu-mei Shih and Peng Hsiao-yen.
My most recent research project draws on insights from the works by Stephen D. Krasner to explore China’s sovereignty challenges with references to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet. As part of this research undertaking, Taiwan’s evolving status as a contested state within the international system since the 1970s will be examined.
My most recent research project exploring this theme started in May 2012 when I joined a group of media scholars in my capacity as one of the co-principal investigators to explore the way in which Asian and Western media had developed strategies to penetrate China’s market in order to overcome political and cultural barriers as part of their global expansion. The case studies include the Financial Times, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the China Times, the United Daily News, etc.
The impact of globalization on security has fascinated me as a research topic since my PhD days at Cambridge. In my thesis-turned book by Routledge, The East Asian Computer Chip War, I examine the impact of semiconductor production globalization on interstate security relations by focusing on an understudied case, namely the migration of the Taiwanese chip sector to China, and the security implications of this migration for US-China-Taiwan relations.
This project looks at China’s recent emergence as an overseas development actor through the prism of two studies. First, I am interested in unpacking the philosophical underpinnings of the ‘Beijing Consensus’. Namely, I argue that the ‘Beijing Consensus’ represents an analytical dilemma: it lacks a codified set of principles and policy tools and as such, it can be a difficult model for policy makers to utilize in their deliberation.
This project consists of a series of studies which investigates ethnic minorities’ experiences, from education to the labour market, notably in the North American, Australian, and Chinese contexts. The studies analyze the ‘ethnic penalty’ that emerges when looking at the relationship between the educational and occupational levels of ethnic minority members.
This project, supported by research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, analyzes the interactions between the local state and NGOs in China.