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Nicholas Quah Er Chuanread bio
Nicholas Quah concentrated in History (East Asia) and Comparative Literature (English and Chinese) at Brown University. He is a Singaporean citizen and will join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating, having previously worked for them in ASEAN and the Republic of Korea. He pursues the Literature and Culture concentration at the Yenching Academy, and is interested in making legible the connections between Anglo-European and Asian, especially Chinese, traditions of literary criticism as part of a broader project to understand the conceptual spaces of cultural difference and common humanity. He is also committed to the serious study of Southeast Asia, and believes that an attentive appreciation of the nuanced conditions in East and Southeast Asia is essential to the continued prosperity of the region. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys reading, creative writing, competitive debating, and badminton.
Fiona Quimbreread bio
Born and raised in Brittany, France, Fiona Quimbre has also lived in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, and Portugal. She graduated from Sciences Po Bordeaux and Cardiff University with a Joint Degree in Political Sciences, and completed a Master’s in International Relations at Sciences Po Bordeaux. During her studies, Fiona dedicated her dissertation to China’s huaqiao huaren policy and researched China’s African policy. Her interest for foreign affairs led her to work on international events such as the Tour de France and the Olympic Games, but also to intern at the French Foreign Office, the Welsh Government, and in an ambassadorial defence department. There, she developed her passion for security issues focusing on military cooperation in Africa. At the Yenching Academy, Fiona pursues Politics and International Relations as her research area, allowing her to further investigate China’s security strategy in Africa and the scope for cooperation.
Antonio Roberto Quiroz Sotoread bio
Antonio Roberto Quiroz Soto is from Mexico and has been based in Beijing for 6 years. He is a graduate of the Peking University School of International Studies in International Politics. As an undergrad at Peking University, Antonio was actively involved in a variety of activities, serving as President of the Latin American Student Association (PKU-LASA) and Under-Secretary General of China’s largest MUN, Peking University’s Asian International Model United Nations (AIMUN), as well as many other activities and volunteer programs that allowed him to get closer to Chinese society. He interned as Program Assistant in Philanthropy in Motion, an organization based in Beijing, which allowed him to get involved in China’s rising social sector. Since then, he has become very interested in getting to know more in-depth the ecosystem of social organizations and enterprises in China working for different causes. As a Yenching scholar, Antonio researches both the role of foreign NGOs in China and Chinese NGOs’ prospects abroad.
Alicia Rodríguez Alabarceread bio
Alicia Rodríguez Alabarce is a Spanish student who graduated from the University of Granada with a degree in Translation and Interpretation. At the early age of 19, she received the opportunity to pursue a course on Translation for Publishers and Linguistic Correction by the International University Menéndez Pelayo. This opportunity introduced her into the professional environment of translation and interpretation, which she has the pleasure of sharing with experienced translators and linguists. She received an Erasmus+ grant to study at Newcastle University, which helped her broaden her knowledge on cultural studies and translation concerning her four working languages, namely Spanish, English, Chinese and French. The fact that she is a highly demanding and dilligent person is proven due to her commitment to combine both studying and working as a Chinese and English teacher at the Spanish company C.L. Granada. However, her real passion is Chinese culture and literature. This is what drove her to translate some of the popular tales of Liao Zhai by Pu Songling into Spanish as her dissertation. Since she stumbled upon the Classics of the Chinese literature, she has been determined to devote her future research to the development of the Chinese literature. By focusing on Literature and Culture throughout her academic experience at Yenching Academy, she aims to spread the distinctive Chinese literature among the Spanish speaking audience.
Ruan Yuanread bio
Ruan Yuan grew up in a small city in Guangdong Province. She graduated from Fudan University in 2018 with a major in Sociology. She has spent a semester in National University of Singapore in 2016. At Fudan University, she was deeply involved in the discussion of public issues, covering several reports in Ninety-nine-degree magazine. She is interested in gender issues and has initiated an investigation project on trafficked Vietnam women in rural Guangdong. The investigation was made into a documentary, and was later published in thePaper, a Shanghai-based media. She has also conducted a research on the Anti-intellectualism trend in Mao China, analyzing nearly 1000 letters written by Chinese intellectuals in 1957—1976. Her Sociology BA thesis examined the female status through the Chinese cosmetics online community. She enjoys art and has joined the cheerleader team and English drama club during college. As Yenching Scholar, she wishes to deepen her understanding towards Chinese society.
William Sandlundread bio
William was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Singapore, and lives in California. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in History and minored in Chinese. His undergraduate thesis analysed Republican-era advertisements from Shanghai's newspapers and focused on how Chinese companies developed a gendered suicide trope within advertisements to stimulate consumption along nationalistic lines. Previously, he studied abroad at Beijing Normal University and interned at CLSA's China Reality Research unit, where he helped conduct grassroots research on Chinese markets. At the Yenching Academy, he selected the Law and Society concentration as his area of research. Beyond academics, William enjoys Bejing's delicious food, meeting new friends, and experiencing China's diverse culture.
Maikel Holger Schmaelingread bio
Born in Germany, Maikel H. Schmaeling studied Philosophy, Ancient Greek, History, and Art History at Freie Universitaet Berlin, National University of Singapore, and University College London. In 2017 Maikel participated in an excursion on “Law, Justice, and Society in the People's Republic of China” in Beijing, where he had been carrying out research on “Sustainability in the Light of 体 and 用” as visiting scholar at Peking University before. Currently, he is setting up a Philosophical Consultancy. At Yenching Academy, Maikel focuses on Politics and International Relations, but also aspires to deepen his insights into Chinese Philosophy as well as getting hands-on experience of venturing into China. Having led a chess tournament team in the past, Maikel hopes to improve his wéiqí while being back in Beijing.
Péter Sczigelread bio
Péter Sczigel is 24 years old and from Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest and spent two semesters abroad at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Tartu respectively. He completed his Master’s program in the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, where he studied International Relations. Peter wrote his Master’s thesis on the Belt and Road Initiative, and its implications for Europe. Having studied Chinese language since high school and focusing on China throughout his studies, Péter is keen to learn more about China’s growing global political role and its relations with the EU. After having participated in a Summer School in Shanghai in Summer 2017, Péter is very excited to be back in China and experience life in Beijing, moreover travel all around China to see the different faces of this vast country.
Ankur Samir Shahread bio
Ankur Shah is a 24-year-old British Indian from Manchester. In June 2016, he graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first-class degree in Chinese and Russian. During his undergraduate studies he spent 15 months studying in Sichuan and St Petersburg, culminating in him working on the Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow to Vladivostok. Swapping train tracks for the open road, this desire to explore saw Ankur partake in a 20,000km Silk Road expedition, sponsored by the National Geographic, driving from Venice to Xi'an. Ankur spent four months retracing the footsteps of Marco Polo, researching China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI), interviewing key stakeholders and visiting flagship projects across Eurasia. This project built on his time spent working at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on the organisation's Silk Road Online Platform. Ankur returned to London to work as an analyst at a leading political risk consultancy in the firm's Former Soviet Union team. Ankur’s time at the Yenching Academy will be focused on politics and international relations, studying the Sino-Russian strategic partnership, BRI and its compatibility with the Eurasian Economic Union. After Yenching, Ankur intends to work in international, multilateral organisations, with the intention to eventually move back to the UK to help bridge political gaps between the UK and Asian cultures.
Harel Sholovitzread bio
Harel Sholovitz is an Israeli-Polish citizen. Harel graduated with distinction from leading universities in Australia, Israel and China, and received his M.A. in Development Studies from the University of Sydney in 2017, where he also won the Nicholson Medal and the Sydney Innovation Hub awards. In China, Harel had won scholarships to Tsinghua University, Fudan University and earned a diploma in Mandarin Studies from Beijing Language and Culture University. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to focus on economics and management while developing related research on social data science, making use of his bilingual proficiency in English and Hebrew and intermediate proficiency in Mandarin and Spanish. Harel previously held project and research management positions in Sydney, Budapest, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, before being appointed to manage the operations of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in 2018. A former journalist for leading Israeli media and travel photographer, he has travelled to more than 70 countries to date.