I received my training as a cultural anthropologist at Stanford, Oxford, and the University of Chicago and have been teaching at the University of Alberta since 1991. I have done ethnographic research on Chinese popular religion in Malaysia and Singapore, evangelical Christianity in Singapore, religious and cultural pilgrimage to the Daoist temple complex at Wudang Mountain, China, and on contemporary tea culture in Fujian and Zhejiang Provinces. I also have conducted archival research in Singapore, Malaysia, and England on the history of the Open Brethren movement in Singapore and Penang, Malaysia, and a new book Christian Circulations: Global Christianity and the Local Church in Penang and Singapore, 1819-2000 is now forthcoming in 2020. Previous publications include Rites of Belonging: Memory, Modernity and Identity in a Malaysian Chinese Community (Stanford University Press, 2004) and The Way that Lives in the Heart: Chinese Popular Religion and Spirit Mediums in Penang, Malaysia (Stanford University Press, 2006). Both have been reprinted by NUS Press in Singapore (2009, 2011).