Jiaying Gu was born in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. She received her B.A in Art History from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and M.A. in Art History from UC Davis. Her master thesis, Landscaping My Mind: Representing the Idea of You 遊 (Travel) in Early Seventeenth-Century Garden Paintings discovers a new aesthetic and intellectual awareness of spatial representations in late Ming period. Jiaying’s intellectual interest is in Ming-Qing material culture and cultural transformations in East Asian societies. She is also interested in museum curatorial practices, and has interned in the Palace Museum and participated in museum workshops.