I work at the intersection of film history, media technologies, and racial formation. I’ve written on talkies and early Asian American movie stars, Anna May Wong and Sessue Hayakawa (published in Camera Obscura); early Technicolor and Hollywood Orientalism (appeared in Screen); and 1930s Busby Berkeley musical and racial capitalism (forthcoming in the Velvet Light Trap). I am now writing a book-length media history on San Francisco’s Chinatown telephone exchange (c. 1901-1949) and its telephone operators. Other miscellaneous writings (reviews, encyclopaedic entries, short research essays) can be found in JCMS, Technology and Culture, ASAP/J, Women Film Pioneers Project, and New Review of Film and Television Studies.
I am the current book reviews editor of Early Popular Visual Culture, having previously served as the managing editor for Feminist Media Histories and assistant editor for the Journal of Chinese Cinemas. I received my Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington.
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge