Upon receiving the BA degrees in Philosophy and Sociology from National Taiwan University, Chun-Ying followed her passion in performing arts to work in the National Theatre and Concert Hall in Taipei. In 2007, she headed for London to advance her professional skills. The MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy programme not only integrated her academic background and working experience but also provided her an opportunity to reflect on the nature of cultural policy making. Studying with bright minds from all over the world and enjoying great arts in London made the year in Goldsmiths unforgettable.
After completing the degree, Chun-Ying returned to Taiwan and worked briefly as an arts administrator. With the passion and curiosity on cultural policy, she joined the Council for Cultural Affairs (now Ministry of Culture) as a project executive. The curiosity persisted and motivated her to pursue a career in cultural policy research. In 2010, she was awarded the Government Sponsorship for Overseas Study from Ministry of Education (Taiwan) and returned to Goldsmiths for her PhD research in ICCE. Her research interests include cultural diplomacy and relations, cultural identity, and nation branding.
While working on her research, Chun-Ying also worked as the London Correspondent for the magazine Performing Arts Review, a flagship publication by the National Performing Arts Center in Taipei. In 2013, she initiated a writing project ‘London life A to Z’ (in Chinese) with her husband Shunyu Pai. A selection of their writing was published in book format in 2016:《倫敦腔：兩個解釋狂的英國文化索引》Londonphiles: Footnotes of a Great City (Undertable Press). She now lives in Taipei and is about to complete her doctoral thesis.