I am Yen-Yu Lin (林彥瑜), currently a sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia 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 nations and nationalism, collective memory, and transitional justice. 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 a comparative study on the Chiang Kai-Shek monument in Taiwan and the Lee statue in the U.S.; 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.