• Urgent update - Nov. 2019: As a teaching assistant of Criminology at the University of Virginia, I support Hong Kong protesters to fight for freedom of speech, and to fight against police brutality. 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 supports Hong Kong and democracy. We offer safe space and fun leisure activities. Feel free to reach out.


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 and historical sociology and cultural sociology, particularly nationalism, collective memory, and transitional justice. 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 Memory Activism in Charlottesville 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 am also 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.