PhD Student, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Studies)
2007 Master in Arts in Chinese Studies (by Research), National University of Singapore. Dissertation: “Shadow-textuality in the Dream of the Red Chamber"
1998-1999 Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Sec), National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
1996- 1997 BA (Hons), in Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore. Dissertation: “Imagery and Inscape in Tang Poetry
2010-2013 Teaching Fellow, Asian Languages and Cultures Group, National Institute in Education, Nanyang Technological University. Lectured and tutored BA, MA & Post-Graduate Diploma students in modules in Chinese language and literature and their pedagogies.
1999-2010 Teacher, level head & Senior Teacher, teaching Chinese language and literature, Singapore National Junior College
Subject groups/Research projects
My current research is entitled “Paradigms of Poetics: ‘Meta-Poetics’ between Contemporary Singapore Poetry in Chinese and Other Sinophone Poetics across Geographical, Temporal and Linguistic Borders”.
Wider Research Interests
Chinese Classical poetry, Modern and contemporary literature including fiction and poetry, Sinophone literatures, Comparative literature, classical Chinese novels, especially the Dream of the Red Chamber, philosophy and cultural studies, structural linguistics, literary criticism, theories and studies, 2nd language acquisition, bilingualism and pedagogy.
Other Professional Activities
Creative writing, calligraphy, art and drawing, design, interior design, travel, photography, and film.
2013 (chief ed.). Urban Literature, special edition of Singapore Chinese Literature: (Vol. 79) 《新华文学79：城市记忆.地方书写》. Singapore: Singapore Association of Writers.
2012 (chief ed.). A Collection of Literary Prose Essays: Time, Space, Characters and Objects , special edition of Singapore Chinese Literature (Vol.76), 《新华文学76：散文特辑/时空人物》. Singapore: Singapore Association of Writers.
2012 (author). The Story of You and Me 《你和我的故事》 (Poetry Collection). Singapore: Lingzi Media.
2006 (chief ed.). A Collection of Travel Literature, special edition of Singapore Chinese Literature (No. 65)《新华文学65：旅行的意义》. Singapore: Singapore Association of Writers.
2004 (ed.). Singapore Literature Landscape 99: A Collection of Works of Singaporean Y-generation Chinese Writers《新加坡的99幅文学风景: 新华新生代作品选》. Singapore: Singapore Association of Writers.
1999 (co-author). The Four Books（A collection of literary prose essays and short stories）《四书――四人札记》. Singapore: Singapore Literary Society.
“A Study of the Selection of Modern and Contemporary Fiction Texts in Singapore’s 2013 ‘Literature in Chinese for Secondary Schools’ Syllabus”, co-authored by Prof Fang Li-na (Kaohsiung Normal University), A/P Aw Guat Poh (Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education) and Chow Teck Seng (Teaching Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education). Presented at 2012 International Conference of Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Taiwan, Dec 2012.
“Identities and New Canons: From ‘Chinese literature’to ‘Globalized Chinese Literatures’”. Presented at the 4th Conference of the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Chinese Teaching, Vietnam, Oct 2012.
“Constructing a localized Syllabus of Literature in Chinese for Secondary and Pre-University Students: A Singapore Perspective”. Presented at Conference of the Teaching of Professional Chinese and Chinese for Specific Uses, Taiwan Normal University, June 2012.
“A Macro Constructionist Dialogual Framework: Redefining the Acquisition of Oral and Written Chinese as a Second Language in Singapore”. Presented at the Second International Conference on Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language, Singapore, Sept 2011)- (Forthcoming).
“An Anglo-Chinese Bi-cultural Approach in the Canonization of Literature Texts in Chinese and Construction of a ‘Literature in Chinese’ Education”. Presented at the Third Conference of the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Chinese Teaching, Singapore, June 2011.
“Shadow-textuality in Dream of the Red Chamber”《红楼梦中的影文性》(MA dissertation). Singapore: National University of Singapore, 2007. Presented at Taiwan Central University, June 2008.
“Imagery and Inscape in Tang Poetry” 《唐诗中的意象和意境》 (Honours dissertation). Singapore: National University of Singapore, 1997.