Born in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, also known as the pearl of the silk road in western China, I grew up embraced by the beauty and magnificence of the land, and the optimism and braveness of its people. The glorious nature has shaped me a courageous and curious explorer, to discover new ways of thinking, to communicate with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, and to explore the rational and emotional logic behind social behaviors.
I started my career as a documentary director after graduating with a major in Broadcast Journalism from Dalian University of Technology, and with the pleasure of joining the Documentary Channel of China Central Television (CCTV-10), I had the opportunity of working on several documentary productions on stories about people and their natural habitats.
I later expanded my career horizon and started to pursue graduate studies in Syracuse University and University of Connecticut towards a master and doctorate degree, respectively. I had a unique experience in cross training in both professional media production and academic research. My research interest includes multimedia journalism, health communication, online news sharing, emotion, and infographics design.
Besides research, I also enjoy teaching and sharing my research to other fields and industries. in summer 2014, I was selected to participate in the International Summer School in Affective Sciences in Switzerland, and interned as a research consultant at the Massachusetts General Hospital.