2016-10-06 19.11.17ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-6785-8501
Assistant Professor of History and Medical Humanities
School of Humanities & Lee Kong-Chian School of Medicine
Nanyang Technological University
14 Nanyang Drive, #05-12, Singapore 637332


I am an interdisciplinary medical humanities scholar interested in the relationship between Chinese medicine and religions, both in early imperial China and in the modern period, within China and abroad.  I have a PhD in History of Medicine from University College London, as well as a clinical degree in Chinese medicine, and teach history and medical humanities at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  I am interested in the broad spread of healthcare and self-cultivation practices and how these interrelate in various contexts, and how cultural categories such as religion and medicine are used to organize these practices in different ways at different times across history, both by practitioners and actors, as well as by scholars who study them.  I approach these questions using methodologies from history, anthropology, Sinology, Science and Technology Studies, and Digital Humanities. I am also very interested in the role that critical scholarship can play in the modern understanding of these practices, and in furthering communication between the biomedical sciences and modern practitioners of Chinese medicine.

I am active in four primary ways:

  • publishing humanistic studies of Chinese religion and medicine in journals, books and monographs. (here)
  • developing Digital Humanities tools and online working environments where scholars can analyse and compare textual corpora at scale. (DH)
  • service to the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), including organising international conferences,  helping to run the society, and relationship-building with public health stakeholders.
  • teaching Medical History and Medical Humanities, within the fame of humanistic scholarship, but also as applied critical tools to approach human relations in clinical contexts.