Zi-Qiao Lawrence Yang is a Ph.D. student in Sinophone Literatures and Cultures with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. He received his MA in comparative literature and a B.A. in English, both from National Taiwan Normal University. His broader theoretical interests include phenomenology, cultural criticism of The Frankfurt School, affect theory, and bio-politics. He is currently exploring the questions of ephemerality/monumentality in 19th and 20th century Chinese/Taiwanese literatures and material cultures, with a particular focus on architecture. He enjoys watching baseball, biking, and roaming through the paths and hills of Berkeley and San Francisco.