Hwa-Yen's research interests include social psychology, narrative, cognition and the senses, trauma, health and illness, and violence. He has studied Taiwanese folk healers' narratological management of the contradiction between a closed and an open vision of the future. Currently, through reading illness narratives published in the U.S., Hwa-Yen is examining how "positive" changes in temporal and spatial experience in the midst of life crises are mediated by certain generic narrative strategies. Hwa-Yen holds a bachelor's degree in finance and an M.A. in sociology, both from National Taiwan University. In his free time, Hwa-Yen enjoys napping, daydreaming, and the art of air guitar.