My scholarly work focuses on Asian diasporas in the United States, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, which I examine through the transnational lens of migration and the circulation of social and cultural capitals in the processes the dislocation and relocation. I study how these distributed and diverse communities transmit their collective experiences, material cultures, and traditional cultural practices across time and space through multigenerational relationship, fictive kinships, and professional networks and with the mediation of digital technologies. I collect oral histories and conduct archival research and ethnographic fieldwork.
In addition to my written scholarship, I have written and directed several documentary films; my films have been shown internationally at film festivals, academic conferences, art galleries, public libraries, and on public television. I originally hail from the East Coast, growing up in Maryland and attending college in Pennsylvania. I have a B.A. in East Asian Studies, graduating cum laude. I received my Ph.D. from UCLA in 2015. I have a M.F.A. in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and TV.