When did you join St. John’s College?
In 2010.

What is your favourite part of your job?
Meeting people from all over the world who are passionate about their studies and being part of the community at St. John’s College; connecting the College with our founders, faculty fellows and other community members.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Not much spare time these days, but playing the piano and reading fiction.

Other Connections to UBC:
I teach in the Department of English and am also the Director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program.


Since 2011, I have been Associate Principal at St. John’s College and served as Acting Principal from 2016-17. During this time, I have been involved in many areas of College life with a focus on community building and creating links off campus, including with our Johannean founders locally and abroad. 

When I’m not at SJC, I am an associate professor in the Department of English as well as director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program (ACAM). I grew up in Vancouver and returned to teach at UBC in 2006 after living in China and the United States, where I received my PhD from Brown University. My research focuses on Asian diaspora literature and culture and I received a Killam Research Prize in 2015. As director of ACAM, I work with a team of students, staff, and faculty to create opportunities for students to engage in diverse migrant communities in our city.  It’s been a tremendous honor to be part of the SJC team as we work to create a home away from home for all our residents.