I hold a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam and am a Lecturer in New Media and Digital Culture. Focusing on the intersection of digital political economy, data and algorithms, and emotion and sexuality, my research is devoted to understanding marginalized experiences and underrepresented groups on the internet. The rationale lies in that marginalized experiences offer a powerful entry point to challenging and intervening in normative theories built on the mainstream digital society. My current research investigates how data and algorithms shape short video creation and consumption on digital platforms such as TikTok/Douyin and Twitter. My previous work can be found in Information, Communication & Society, Media, Culture & Society, Feminist Media Studies, and Sexualities.
In Media Studies Department, I teach BA Thesis in Media and Information (Module: Data and Algorithms of Digital Platforms); Media Research (Module: Internet Celebrity and Global Media); and Current Themes in Media Studies (Module: Data and Algorithms of Digital Platforms).
Live Broadcasting Gay Banality Sixth Tone.
How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet The New York Times.
Panel Organizer and Chair
2018 Queering/Querying Exchanges in Globalized China: Gender/Sexuality and Digital Technologies. The 22nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS), Glasgow, UK.
2019 Toward Critical App Studies: Negotiating Sexuality, Race, and Labor in a Digital China. The Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Denver, US.
May 2018 A Charm to Self? Platform Labor and Affective Value on Chinese Gay Dating Apps. Paper presented at the 16th Chinese Internet Research Conference, Leiden University, Netherlands.
June 2018 Live Streaming, Situational Sociality, and Affect: Monetizing Gay Interactions on Chinese Gay Dating Apps. Paper presented at the annual conference of European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
September 2018 The Road to Digital Homocapitalism: Capitalizing Homosexuality through Discursive Reworking of Gay Rights. Paper presented at the 22nd Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS), The University of Glasgow, UK.
March 2019 Visible Gay Apps, Invisible Same-Sex Desires: Homosexuality as a Measure of Obscenity in China’s Internet Censorship. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Denver, US.
May 2019 Gamified Desires: The Same-Sex Sociality of Playing Werewolf on Aloha, a Chinese Gay Dating App. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, D.C., US.
July 2019 Producing Queer Intimate Kinship for Closeted Gay Men: Live Streamers on Chinese Gay Dating Apps. Paper presented at the AAS-in-Asia 2019 Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
July 2019 Walking Up to the Front: Assembling Gay Live Streamers, Reconfiguring Chinese Gay Male Subjectivities on Gay Dating Apps. Paper presented at the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), Leiden University, Netherlands.