Welcome to my website. I am a historian of colonialism, decolonisation and state formation. My research specialises in issues relating to governance, regime change and indigenous society in twentieth-century Southeast Asia.
I am a recent PhD graduate from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), having passed my oral defence in January 2020. My dissertation explored Sabah's understudied role in the formation of Malaysia, offering a crucial re-conceptualisation of decolonisation and the end of empire in a region typically cast as a colonial backwater.
In the coming academic year, I will be employed at HKU as a part-time Lecturer, where I will teach my first course, HIST2187 'Critical Approaches to the End of Empire in Southeast Asia.'
Outside of teaching, my research interests lie in a diverse range of fields: from the utilisation of technologies of governance, subversion and coercion, to issues of migration, economic and environmental change and the forced restructuring of indigenous and local communities. The impacts of Western colonialism--both in sites of colonisation and in spaces beyond the direct reach of colonial authority--still weigh heavily today across Borneo and wider Asia. Recent developments in the South China Sea, where powers contest islands, resources and navigational rights, alongside Asia's rapidly declining forests and once-untouched hinterlands, where colonial and later post-colonial states wrought profound changes, are also demonstrative of the legacies of these political transitions.
I seek to write about my hometown, Hong Kong, too. As with many other decolonised territories, it is a place shaped by profound changes and uncertainties. But amidst great political unrest, no place is quite like Hong Kong.
Outside of history I am a keen reader, photographer and traveller.