Dr Liz Chee

Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Post-Doctoral Fellow Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore

Liz Chee Pui Yee received her undergraduate honours degree at the Japanese Studies Department of the National University of Singapore. During her second year, she was awarded a one-year general study scholarship at Waseda University, in Tokyo, Japan. Liz then completed a Masters degree in History at NUS, where she wrote a thesis on art education in Meiji Japan. She went on to become a journalist at Asahi Shimbun, during which she was selected for the Southeast Asian Press (SEAPA) Journalism Fellowship Program in 2009, but declined due to work commitments. Liz was enrolled in 2011 as the first PhD student under the NUS-UoE (University of Edinburgh) joint PhD programme. She has just completed her dissertation on the use of animal tissue in Chinese Medicine, and is currently a joint Research Associate at the Asia Research Institute and Tembusu College.

Liz also paints and practices yoga. The portrait of Misty the college cat, currently hanging in the Master's Common Lounge, is one of her works.


From the Fire to the Frying Pan: Cooking and Eating in Human Culture(s)
Animals and the City
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.