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Carlisle Micallefread bio
Carlisle Micallef, originally from San Jose, California, graduated Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature and a minor in History. Her undergraduate thesis involved translating a collection of Zeng Guofan’s family letters and examining his engagement with Confucian family management and the ideological challenges of his time. Carlisle has been studying the Chinese language since she lived in Singapore as a child. Her longstanding interest in Chinese studies led her study in China twice over the course of her educational career. She studied in Kunming over the summer of 2012, and in Beijing and Hangzhou over the 2016-2017 academic year. Her area of study at the Yenching Academy is Philosophy and Religion, through which she hopes to examine how traditional, western, and modern value systems are interpreted in a pluralistic, globalized Chinese environment.
Kazuki Miyazakiread bio
Born and raised in Japan, Kazuki Miyazaki graduated from Waseda University, Japan with B.A. in Social Sciences and minor in Peace Studies. During his time at the university, Kazuki studied abroad in the US and China. Besides his academic experiences, he has worked as an international election observer for Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election in 2015 through an NGO where he also assisted in election-related projects in Thailand and Myanmar. Back in Tokyo, he interned at UNDP where he contributed to public relations and public-private partnership. Kazuki loves to do what he calls ‘journalistic traveling’ in which he backpacked across dozens of countries to experience and learn about the various realities of the world. This made him particularly passionate about global affairs and working to solve them. With this aspiration to foster more stable and peaceful relations in Asia, Kazuki chooses to focus on Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy.
Dhanasree Moluguread bio
Dhanasree is an early stage investor at Blume Ventures, a leading VC firm in India, where she has led investments in emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, AR/VR. She has worked closely with start-ups and investors in US, UK, China, Singapore and Indonesia. She aims to promote cross-border knowledge transfer through her active contribution on Asia's leading tech media platforms such as YourStory, TechinAsia, etc. She is a graduate of IIT-Bombay, where she became the first female student ever to hold the highest student leadership position in academic affairs and implemented several legacy initiatives. She is also a trained Kuchipudi (an Indian classical dance) dancer and a violinist.
Amaris Olguinread bio
Amaris Olguin is from Los Angeles, CA. She studied Tibetan Buddhism at Yale College (15’) and Religion, Ethics and Politics at Harvard Divinity School (18’). In 2015-2016, Amaris was granted a Fulbright scholarship to conduct cross-cultural research at the Men-Tsee-Khang, a local clinic in Dharamsala, India. At Yenching Academy of Peking University, Amaris is taking the Politics and International Relations concentration.
Ipek Onmusread bio
Ipek Onmus, from Turkey, earned her bachelor’s degree from Koc University in Istanbul, double majoring in Media and Visual Arts along with Archaeology and History of Art. In 2013, she spent 6 weeks volunteering in Suzhou, China, which inspired her interest in this culture. The following year, she participated in exchange programs at National Taiwan University and University of Hong Kong, where she had the opportunity to learn more about Chinese arts and languages. She currently resides in Taiwan after being awarded a scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese there for nine months. At the Yenching Academy, she focuses on the History and Archaeology concentration, with the aim of exploring the historical exchange between Chinese and Turkish arts, as well as to look at the ways contemporary artists of these countries draw inspiration from traditional arts. She hopes this research can expand the scope of the cultural communication between Turkey and China.
Ethan Paulread bio
Ethan Paul, raised in the small town of Hanover, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's of Arts in political science and a minor in economics. His senior honors thesis sought to apply power transition theory to the U.S.-Sino relationship, and offered policy recommendations meant to ensure this transition is both peaceful and mutually beneficial. Ethan's primary academic interests include U.S. and Chinese grand strategy, the role that racism plays in American politics and culture, and the relationship between technological change and societal disruption. As a Yenching Scholar, Ethan researches Chinese grand strategy in the era of Trump and America's growing political dysfunction. After his time in Beijing, he hopes to work as a journalist, as a Foreign Service officer, or on Capitol Hill, and would eventually like to write his own book and run for office.
Peng Dongniread bio
Peng Dongni graduated from the University of International Business and Economics, majoring in Finance. She was honored as Outstanding Student in University. As sports enthusiast, Dongni trained to be persistent and cooperative in the 100m sprint, and absorbed worldwide culture through ballroom dance. Dongni once worked at the China International Capital Corporation Strategy Development Divison, Citics Securities Market Research Department and Investment Bank of China Merchants Securities. These internships motivated her to focus on the primary market. Dongni studies Economics and Management. She hopes to further research the debt of Chinese local government and enjoys exploring development of China and the World with her fellow Yenching Scholars.
Paulo Piá de Andraderead bio
Paulo Piá de Andrade studied Law at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), in his hometown Curitiba in Brazil. While concentrating on International and Human Rights Law, his broad academic interests have also led him to attend classes on Linguistics, Cultural Anthropology and Political Science. By the same token, he undertook an exchange semester at Universität Leipzig, where he examined Walter Benjamin’s theory of art and first came into contact with China Studies. Ever since held in thrall to the daunting complexity of the Chinese language and the richness of its culture, Paulo’s personal interest in China gained professional dimension as he decided to pursue his long-held aspiration of entering the Brazilian Diplomatic Service. Paulo is confident that the concentration on Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy will provide him the means to fulfil his professional aim of one day contributing to the strengthening of relations between Brazil and China.
Vivek Anand Pisharodyread bio
Vivek Pisharody is an American who studied Mathematics and Chinese at Cornell University and is interested in development economics, minorities, and Chinese politics. While studying in Kunming, Yunnan, Vivek researched the Jinuo people of southwest China and developed an interest in government policy on ethnic minorities. As a Yenching Scholar, Vivek studies economic and human development among rural and minority populations.
Guillaume Prévotread bio
Guillaume Prévot, born in the southwest of France, graduated from Princeton University where he pursued a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. Before his undergraduate studies, he took a gap year in Kunming, Yunnan where he spent nine months volunteering with local NGOs, sparking his interest for learning more about China. During his time at Princeton University, Guillaume also spent a semester studying abroad in Ecuador, did an internship working for a water management institute in Ghana, and volunteered in Greek refugee camps, providing relief aid as well as language classes. At Yenching, he hopes to deepen his understanding of China’s ties to the rest of the world by studying Politics and International Relations.