Yize holds a BSc in chemistry from Nanjing University and an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. For his master’s thesis, he examined the controversies surrounding chemical fertilizer and the emergence of agricultural expertise in modern China. He has also explored the relationship between popular media and the professionalization of biomedical research in Japan during the Taishō period (1912–26).
Currently, Yize is working on a dissertation project that investigates how systems thinking contributed to the transformation of technocracy and the rise of neoliberalism in Japan between the 1960s and 1980s. One of the case studies he’s examining is the Medical Information System developed during the 1970s and 1980s. Additionally, he has a keen interest in digital humanities, particularly textual and social network analysis.