Hiking in one of the greenest places in Toronto! October 2019.
I am a PhD candidate in the social-personality psychology program at York University under the supervision of Richard Lalonde and Joni Sasaki (University of Hawaii at Manoa). I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Toronto. I have 3 distinct, complementary lines of research united by the theme of culture:
Culture & Cognition. I apply a cultural psychology perspective to study how a broad array of cultures, social contexts, and long-term experiences can shape social cognitive abilities and broader cognitive mechanisms. My areas of expertise and interest involve covert attention shifting and social attention gaze cueing. I also take a special interest in integrating cultural psychological theory to understand mechanisms underlying intergroup perceptions.
Cultural Minority & Immigrant Experiences. I am also interested in the psychological consequences of common experiences found among cultural minorities and immigrants, and take a special interest in how these unfold in the Canadian context. I currently study the model minority stereotype in a Canadian context by describing the Canadian public perceptions of the model minority stereotype, and how Asian Canadians internalize this and other anti-Asian stereotypes. I also take a special interest in language experiences as they unfold in an immigrant family context (e.g., heritage language attrition, language/cultural brokering, code-switching).
Siblings & Family. I conduct research on sibling relationships and family. In one line of research I look at the personal and relational consequences of being different vs. similar to your sibling in diverse populations. I am also interested in the cultural variation of family being perceived as obligatory vs. discretionary. Related to my first line of research, I am also interested in whether the long-term experience of growing up with siblings, and other influential family-socialization experiences, have a unique effect on social cognitive abilities.
Although these 3 areas are distinct, I often study topics that overlaps with multiple areas, reflecting my multidisciplinary interest and approach in research.
Like my research interests, I dabble in a diverse pool of hobbies, such as drawing, traveling, hiking, photography, video games, rock climbing and weight lifting. I also have two very cute cats named Jakes and Clover!