Florence was born and raised in Macau. To pursue further studies, Florence moved to the United States in 2002. Having excelled at her studies in Edmonds Community College, Florence was hired by the Learning Support Center to tutor fellow undergraduate students in the subject areas of Economics, Statistics and Mathematics. The experience helped Florence discover her passion for teaching.
In the University of Washington, Florence majored in Economics and minored in Statistics. She graduated cum laude with distinction in 2006. Her honor thesis, "China and Taiwan: Real and Financial Integration Pre- and Post- China’s Exchange Rate Reform," written under the supervision of Professor Theo Eicher, was awarded the Outstanding Paper of the year.
After working briefly in the banking sector, Florence entered the Economics graduate program of the University of Washington with James K. Hall Fellowship. While studying in the Ph.D. program, she taught various undergraduate Economics courses. Florence received her Master degree in Economics in 2010.
Since 2013, Florence has been a proud member of USJ faculty. Currently, she is finishing her doctoral dissertation. The Chair of her Doctoral Committee is Professor Kar-yiu Wong. The chapters of her dissertation are: "Optimal capacity allocation in an international duopoly model," "Foreign trade, endogenous fragmentation and optimal offshoring" and "Offshoring: the case of Macao." Her primary fields of research are international factor movement, international trade, commercial policy and industrial organization.