Xiaoyi Ze is currently researching Korea-Japanese relations in the late nineteenth century, with a focus on issues of Japanese mixed residences in Chosǒn Korea from 1876 to 1910. Her research aims to reexamine Korean-Japanese relations during Korea’s “open-port” period through the lens of both governments’ understanding and application of international law as it affected Japanese settlers in Korea. Prior to her PhD program at UBC, Xiaoyi studied pre-modern Sino-Korean relations at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Korean language and literature at Shandong University (China).