Da Ling received her B.A. degree from China Foreign Affairs University, majoring in Japanese. During her junior year, she also studied at Waseda University as an exchange student. Her current academic interests include Japanese literature and culture, Japanese film, animation and manga. She also likes reading books about comparative literature and continental philosophy. What’s more, she is a postmodernist both mentally and physically.
Outside of academics, Da Ling has been a big fan of rock and roll music since a very young age; Patti Smith and Alanis Morissette are two of her favorite singers. During her leisure time, she likes going to live houses, museums and galleries. She is also a fan of Yohji Yamamoto, a famous Japanese designer.