Jason grew up in a trilingual setting in which all of his family members speak Mandarin, Cantonese, and English fluently. After living in China for 18 years, he attended the University of California, San Diego to study East Asian History and Political Science, where he graduated with departmental honors with highest distinction. Jason’s research paper on Socialist ideology and the history of ethnic minorities in the People’s Republic of China was awarded 1st place for the UCSD International Institute Senior Thesis Prize. Moreover, Jason excelled in three Ph.D.-level history classes when he was still an undergraduate student. Currently, Jason is an M.A. candidate in Regional Studies-East Asia at Harvard, where he studies the history and political economy of that region. Other than his expertise in archival research on modern East Asian affairs, Jason received training in ancient art history and has a deep understanding of the Chinese classics including the Analects and the Tao Te Ching. Because of this, Jason worked in a Chinese Historical Museum when he was in San Diego.
Jason has also worked as a writing tutor for Eleanor Roosevelt College’s (one of the six UCSD colleges) undergraduate writing course Making of the Modern World. There, he helped his fellow classmates to come up with research questions, develop essay arguments, and offered his methodological guidance. In addition to teaching expository and research writing, Jason provides tutelage for world history, philosophy, political science, and visual arts (critique and studio art).
Outside of his studies, Jason enjoys practicing Chinese calligraphy, drawing & illustration, and digital art. In the past, Jason has held auctions of his artworks for philanthropic purposes.