I was born and grew up in Taiwan. I received my BA degree from National Taiwan University and worked as a research assistant, journalist and television screenwriter before I went to the UK to pursue postgraduate studies. I received my PhD (on the topic “Public Service Television in Taiwan”) from the Institute of Communications Studies (ICS), University of Leeds in 1998. Since then, I worked as a researcher at the University of Nottingham (1999–2005) and became Head of Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC, 2005–2007). When I returned to the UK from China, I left the University of Nottingham and taught East Asian film industries at the ICS, University of Leeds (2007–2013).

I currently focus on researching and writing. I am Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2013-present); Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham (2014-present); and Research Fellow, European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), Tubingen University (2015-present).

I joined the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) and became its Secretary-General in 2012. During my time as EATS Secretary-General (2012-2018), with the support of the EATS Board members we launched EATS News in 2013, EATS Library Research Grant in 2014, EATS Research Project in 2014, and EATS Book Launch in 2015. With support from colleagues in Taiwan and in Europe, we have established a new peer-reviewed academic journal, International Journal of Taiwan Studies (IJTS), launched in March 2018. I am now the founding Editor-in-Chief of IJTS.
PhD. University of Leeds, 1998
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
• East Asian Cinema, especially Taiwan cinema and Chinese-language cinema
• The media and democratization in Taiwan and China
• Trans-disciplinary science communications and education in Taiwan and in the UK
Personal Interests
I have published widely in English and in Chinese. My experiences of living in Taiwan, Hong Kong (2004), mainland China (2005–2007) and the UK have given me a unique intercultural perspective on the media, cinema, society and cultural representations of identities. I am fascinated by transdisciplinary collaborations and enjoy team work as much as working alone.