Han is interested in a spectrum of sociocultural issues in contemporary and historical societies, particularly in relation to social organisation and change, empowerment, and identity formation. The research he has undertaken includes the relevance of museums in addressing community-interest issues; the transmission and transformation of meaning in historical objects through non-textual communication; and non-financial factors in the transfer of wealth through the construct of “ritual economy”. His experience in managing academic, commercial, and other projects has brought him to many locations, not least to windowless storage rooms and frigid libraries, the open fields of rural China, and other situations where the mundane, curious, and fascinating come together in unexpected ways.
Han read Sociology, History, and Philosophy at the National University of Singapore, and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Nanyang Technological University prior to teaching for several years in Singapore and New York. He also holds advanced degrees in Asian Studies and Heritage Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Cambridge, and Columbia University.