My research follows two cores: understanding and situatedness.

Technology should not control people. We need to first understand human beings to design and develop better technologies.

I am so much into situatedness because I strongly believe the world can be improved by people’s awareness and acceptance of each other as different individuals. I argue that technology has its own voice here. Therefore, I am responsible for taking care of this as a researcher, no matter how much I can contribute.

My research areas include HCI, social computingcomputer-mediated communication (CMC)qualitative methodology, Science Technology and Society (STS), and a few more. I am an interdisciplinary scholar.

My research focuses on how people communicate through social media/instant messengers, how they appropriate these technologies to meet their own needs, and how such technologies affect these people either positively or negatively. Specifically, I study the way Chinese people use WeChat as a super-app or a “platform-infrastructure.”

In the past, as a Ph.D. student, I worked with Dr. Betsy DiSalvo at Georgia Institute of Technology; I belonged to Culture and Technology (CAT) lab. I also worked with Dr. Shaowen Bardzell and Dr. Jeffrey Bardzell at Indiana University when I was a master student.

Last updated on September 6th, 2020.