Yi Li is a Lecturer in East and South East Asian History at Aberystwyth. She received her Ph.D. from SOAS, University of London in 2012. Prior to joining Aberystwyth, she worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and online learning programme manager at SOAS. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial history of the Burmese Chinese, Chinese migration and diaspora, and modern East and Southeast Asian history. She was born and raised in Shanghai, and spent years living, studying and working in Singapore and Britain. Before becoming a historian, Yi was trained as a software engineer.