Jessica X. Zu entered the Asian Religions subfield in 2013. She is interested in the literary culture of modern Chinese Buddhism. Her research focuses on the simultaneity and entanglement of the translocal, translingual, and transtemporal encounters of modernity, Buddhism, and science. The salient issues emerging from her research so far include: labor as monastic identity, the affective power of rituals based on the Śūraṅgama Sūtra, the heightened anxiety about sexuality (celibacy) and purity (vegetarianism) in response to Japanese Buddhist monastic practice of Nikujiki Saitai (eat meat and marry) and the increasing popularity of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism during the Republican era, and the cultural impact of Buddhism on the shifting structures of feeling in early 20th century China. Her other research topics include translation and the promise of a new Buddhist canon-The Essential Tripi?aka collated by The Chinese Institute of Inner Learning and the role of media in structuring religious affect in modern China.