Hello! I am Lydia. 🙂

Malaysia was my birth country, but then I immigrated to Australia when I was 15. Having completed a Student Exchange Programme at RIS of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel (Fall Semester 2008), I earned a B. A. (Honours) in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney in Australia (2009). The defense of my doctoral dissertation, which is on the oracles against the nations in Ezekiel 25-32, took place in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in Germany (2014). My marriage to my lovely husband from China in 2015 has marked a new chapter of my life! Between 2016 and 2018, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. Between October 2018 and September 2019, I served as a Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Since October 2019, I have been an associate professor of History at Fudan University in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

Having travelled, studied and lived in several countries, there is a crisis of identity, and I have no idea which country I can best identify with. But hey, this did/does/will not stop my learning and growing in order to dig out new perspectives on the biblical texts (faith), to gather the inspirational stories of the others (hope), and to share my passions for food and travel (love).

Come and join me in my adventures around the world in more than 80 days!

I seek a place that can never be destroyed,
one that is pure,
and that fadeth not away,
and it is laid up in heaven,
and safe there,
to be given,
at the time appointed,
to them that seek it with all their heart.

– John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress –

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