As our living environment shifts towards an increasingly complex and interconnected global reality, the singular particularity of the “individual” that Western psychology assumes and presumes becomes more contested. To theorize new social conditions of neoliberal globalization, postmodernity, and neo-imperialism, I depart in my research from the traditional paradigm of cognitive universalism in psychology, and reconceptualizes the “individual” as a political agent participating in the material, institutional, and discursive global social processes. To carry out such a departure, I am primarily interested in these two questions across my research projects:

  • How does neoliberal globalization transform racial, gendered, and sexual subjectivities from the individual to the structural level in the contexts of the US and Asia Pacific?

  • What are the historical and political contexts in which psychology as a scientific discipline produced normalizing notions of identity such as immigrant, race/ethnicity, and LGBTQ as well as the linear, stagist models of identity development such as acculturation and internalized homophobia?

Transnationalism & Global Movements

  • Diasporic Asian American activism against militarism and imperialism

  • Transnational LGBTQ movements in Taiwan, China, and the US

  • The rise of Chinese nationalism and the Asian Right

Psychology & (In)Justice

  • Orientalism and the psychological notions of Asian / Americanness

  • Shame and the psycho-pathological discourses of LGBTQ rights

  • Critical race theory, decolonial psychology, and critique of neoliberal multiculturalism

  • Qualitative methodology: narrative, discourse analysis, and participatory ethnography

Queerness & Critical Theory

  • Affect theory and non-representational methodology

  • Queer of color critique, postcolonial and transnational feminism