All contrived phenomena

Are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, a shadow,
Like dew or a flash of lightning;
Thus should be regarded as such.

Welcome to my webpage! I am an anthropologist and ethnographer of China interested in environmental humanities, medical anthropology, social movements, social changes, and the meanings of a good, ethical life. The above gāthā from the Diamond Sutra is my motto of practising anthropology. For me, anthropologists are just one of the blind men touching a part of the elephant. Since each of us feels a different part of the elephant body, our experience are bound to be partial, which is why it’s important to keep an open mind about our interpretation of “all contrived phenomena”. I hope my work offers you a different perspective about life and people.