Born and semi-raised in Fujian, China, Mindy has spent most of her formative years in Singapore where she received her BA (Hons) in Political Science from National University of Singapore. In her junior year, she was an exchange student at the University of Tokyo; her experience at Todai reaffirmed her passion to pursue further studies in Japanese history and politics. After graduation, she had juggled her day-time job with research work for a national identity project at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Currently, her academic interests mainly include identity politics, democratization process and authoritarianism, comparative politics and state-society relations. She is also mildly interested in Japanese literary works of the modern era. At Yale, she intends to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to study the region. Academic interests aside, Mindy enjoys walking, reading fiction, drinking tea and watching Japanese TV series when she can afford the time.