I am Yen-Yu Lin (林彥瑜), currently a sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the United States. I was trained in political science, having earned my dual bachelor's degree at National Taiwan University and Waseda University (Japan), and master’s degree at National Taiwan University. My research interests lie in comparative-historical sociology, cultural sociology, and political sociology, particularly about collective memory, collective action, and historical reconciliation.

I TA for Criminology (SOC 2230) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 1010) at UVA. I speak Mandarin, English, and Japanese, so feel free to write to me in these languages at yl5qf@virginia.edu.

I am currently working on two research projects: one is about the Confederate monuments and Memory Actions in Charlottesville, VA after August 12, 2017; the other is about the Pacifist Nationalism in post-WWII Japan. Both projects are about the culture of defeat. I work with Professor Jeffrey K. Olick at the University of Virginia.


  • I stand in solidarity with the Hong Kong protesters fighting for the right to free speech and democracy. If you know any students or colleagues at UVA from Hong Kong who need to talk, feel free to send them my email address "yl5qf@viriginia.edu." I am happy to talk with them and to bring them to the activities held by Taiwanese community in Charlottesville, hopefully offering emotional support. The Taiwanese community in Charlottesville offers safe space to talk about politics without censorship and fun leisure activities. Feel free to reach out. (updated in December, 2019)
  • I stand in solidarity with the minority groups in Charlottesville. If you are interested in educational resources for the youth in Charlottesville, please check out the website of Heyer Voices.
  • I am a co-founder of a student NGO "Ngasan Maku Study Society in Tokyo (拿山瑪谷東京讀書會)," which was founded during the Sunflower Movement in 2014. "Ngasan Maku" means "my home" in Atayal (one of the Taiwanese aboriginal languages). Welcome to visit our Facebook page and blog and see what the Taiwanese student activists have been doing in Tokyo.