As of AY 2021–2022, I am a third-year Ph.D. student in East Asian Studies at Princeton University, about to take the “Generals” in January. My research interests include neo-Confucian metaphysics and epistemology, political and legal philosophy, and contemporary East Asian politics.

To illustrate, the followings are the projects I’ve been working on:

  •  the relationship between the dead and the living as understood by Yulgok Yi I(栗谷 李珥, 1536–1584), and how this understanding relates to his perception of the class system.
  • Liang Qichao(梁啓超, 1873–1929)’s understanding of knowledge through the lens of Wang Yanming’s epistemology, and how this shaped Liang’s preference of certain forms of government.
  • whether China’s “moral laws” can be considered “moral laws” on a theoretical level—i.e., leaving aside the actual (im)moral circumstances they create or condone—argued based on anlytic legal philosophy and Confucianism.


Before starting a Ph.D. program at Princeton, I got a B.A. in philosophy and International Literary and Visual Studies at Tufts University and graduated with Summa Cum Laude, Highest Thesis Honors, and a departmental award from ILVS. My thesis, advised by Drs. Lee Edelman and Charles Inouye, was a critical interpretation of political ideologies of Imperial Japan and North Korea dictatorship, in which I used literary, art, and cinematic examples to substantiate my claims. I won the first place in Queer Korea competition sponsored by the SOAS London and Zed Books with this project.

Though my undergraduate project extensively used critical theory and continental philosophy, I continued to take courses in analytic philosophy from the philosophy department and build knowledge in Confucianism over several summers in Korea and China. Now, as a graduate student, I am involved in the latter two, analytic philosophy and Confucianism, with an added interest in political science and law.

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