Personal Profile

At present, I am a Research Associate at the Institute for East Asian Studies of Leipzig University, where I have also served as a lecturer in the spring term of 2020. Having studied China Studies and Religious Studies in Berlin, Taipei, and Leipzig, my research explores modern and contemporary Buddhism as practiced by ethnic Chinese all over the globe. Taking into consideration the dynamics of colonialism, globalization, and ethnic Chinese migration, I am particularly interested in exploring the manifold ways ethnic Chinese engage with Buddhist traditions. While working as a researcher at the Leipzig University Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199) on “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition,” I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the global spread of the Taiwanese Buddhist order Fo Guang Shan. My dissertation-turned-book, Mapping Modern Mahayana: Chinese Buddhism and Migration in the Age of Global Modernity, presents a multi-sited ethnography of Fo Guang Shan temples in Taiwan, Los Angeles, South Africa, and the People’s Republic of China. Mapping Modern Mahayana is published by De Gruyter.

Research Interests

Buddhism in sinophone societies, ethnic Chinese migration and diaspora, Buddhist transnationalism, multiple modern religiosities, Buddhism and global modernity, multi-sited ethnography    

Education

2020

Ph.D.

2014

M.A.

2012

B.A.

Leipzig University, Germany. Sinology, Institute of East Asian Studies. 

National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Graduate Institute of Religious Studies.

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. Chinese Language and Culture for International Students.