Liangliang is a Gates Cambridge Scholar pursuing a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her current research explores the experiences of a geographically dispersed network of self-cultivators who draw on Daoist, Confucian and Buddhist traditions to enable self-improvement and self-healing. Through long-term, multi-sited fieldwork in China, Liangliang explores the kinds of self-transformation enacted in this community of practice, the forces that give shape to participants’ pursuits, and the relation between self-cultivation traditions, individual ethical projects and nationalist identity formation. Liangliang’s experiences in conducting ethnographic research, building social entrepreneurships projects, and working with nongovernmental as well as intergovernmental agencies have informed her commitment to promoting collaborations across disciplinary, socioeconomic and cultural divides.
Originally from Zhuhai, China, Liangliang graduated from Duke University in 2016 with a degree in International Comparative Studies and completed her MPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.