profile jan 2018

I am currently an LL.M. candidate and a Master of the Rolls Scholar at University College London (UCL). From September 2018 I will be a Peter Birks Scholar and an M.Phil./Ph.D. candidate. My research interests lie in private law, particularly equity and trusts, property law, and financial law. Building upon my past career in Chinese and Japanese history, I will be writing my doctoral dissertation on the trust and the nature of property in Asian jurisdictions and their implications for English law.

Prior to my change to law, I was an assistant professor of history at two U.S. universities, and my doctoral dissertation in history (Yale, 2013) was shortlisted for the Herman E. Krooss Prize at the Business History Conference.


Articles and Book chapters

“Closest Model, Rival, and Fateful Enemy: China’s Political Economy, Law and Japan”, in Handbook of Revolutionary China, edited by Alan Baumler (under contract with Routledge)

“Economics and Policy in Modern China”, in The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations, edited by Howard Chiang (under contract with Brill)

“Where Imperialism Could Not Reach: Chinese Industrial Policy and Japan, 1900-1940”, Enterprise and Society, 15:4 (Dec 2014): 655-71

“Senkaku/Diaoyu: Islands of Conflict.” History Today, 61:5 (Apr 20, 2011): 24-26 (cited in The Atlantic 8/20/2012, New York Times 8/20/2012; translated into Vietnamese in Tia Sáng, Sep 20, 2012)

Book Reviews

Review of China–Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949–1971, by Amy King. China Quarterly, 229 (Mar 2017): 248-50

Review of Trade and Technology Networks in the Chinese Textile Industry: Opening Up Before the Reform, by Carles Barsó Broggi. Economic History Review, 70:1 (Feb 2017): 363-4

Review of Empires of Coal: Fueling China’s Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920, by Shellen Xiao Wu. Enterprise and Society, 17:1 (Mar 2016): 192-5

Review of Global Shanghai, 1850-2010, by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. Enterprise and Society, 12:2 (Jun 2011): 480-82

Review of Lever of Empire: the International Gold Standard and the Crisis of Liberalism in Prewar Japan, by Mark Metzler. Historical Journal, 52:4 (Dec 2009): 1122-24

Review of From Foot Soldier to Finance Minister: Takahashi Korekiyo, Japan’s Keynes by Richard J. Smethurst. Economic History Review, 62:4 (Nov 2009): 1040-41

Public History Articles

“The Conservatives in Japan Who Are Refusing to Acknowledge the Crimes of World War II Think They’re Helping Their Country. They Are Sabotaging It.” History News Network, May 13, 2015 (on relations between Japan, China, and Russia)

“Macau: China’s Unlikely Bridge to the Lusophone.” History News Network, Apr 1, 2013 (on China’s relations with Brazil and Angola)

“Southern Outpost.” South China Morning Post, Aug 6, 2011 (on China’s regionalism in Guangdong)

NEP-HIS Blog (Available at

“The Enigma of Chinese Business Records.” Review of “Discovering Economic History in Footnotes: The Story of the Tong Taisheng Merchant Archive (1790-1850)”, by Debin Ma and Weipeng Yuan. 11 Jan, 2017

“Whither Labor-Intensive Industrialization?” Review of “How Did Japan Catch-up On The West? A Sectoral Analysis Of Anglo-Japanese Productivity Differences, 1885-2000”, by Stephen Broadberry, Kyoji Fukao and Nick Zammit. Sep 9, 2015

“Failed by #EconomicGrowth?” Review of “Asia’s Little Divergence: State Capacity in China and Japan before 1850”, by Tuan-Hwee Sng and Chiaki Moriguchi. Oct 12, 2014 (448 views on first day)