Padmapriya Govindarajanread bio
Padmapriya obtained her Integrated Master’s in Development Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She is deeply interested in Chinese politics, particularly domestic, stemming from her coursework, a summer research internship in Taiwan in 2016, and her Master's Thesis on understanding Citizenship as articulated by Social Movements within China and Hong Kong. She has written expansively about Indian politics as a correspondent for The Diplomat, publishing over 50 articles in the magazine. Marrying this with her love for foreign policy, she will focus on International Relations and Politics as part of her China Studies program at Yenching. In addition to her academic engagement with China, she has worked extensively with urban policy, and presented her work in multiple international conferences. As part of the selection committee to the National Debate team, she is now a trainer for an NGO that is taking debate to school students across 10 Indian cities, after having represented India at the World Schools Debating Championships, as a debater, an adjudicator and a coach herself. Her association with educational work continues in her capacity as a project manager liaising with the University of California, Berkeley, to create and disperse a hygiene education curriculum in state-schools in India, as well as writing play-scripts part-time for a theatre-based education start-up in her home city, Chennai.
Guan Hongyuread bio
Guan Hongyu received his Bachelor’s degree from Peking University, majoring in Finance. There, he was honored as an Outstanding Student of Peking University. Hongyu participated in many communication activities during undergraduate years. As the president of Global View Initiative, the biggest Sino-US communication program on campus, he led team visits to six cities and numerous well-known universities and companies in the United States. He and his team also improved communications between PKU and PKU alumni in North America. Hongyu worked as a core member of the PKU International Culture Festival preparation group for two years, cooperating with over 100 international students. He has been a class monitor for 16 years and served as General Secretary of Youth League at PKU’s Yuanpei College. Hongyu has completed internships at China International Capital Corporation Investment Banking Division, China Media Capital Partners, and the Boston Consulting Group. These inspired him to start his career in finance. At the Yenching Academy, Hongyu will study Economics and Management. He hopes to further analyze Chinese economic issues, especially ways to link the Chinese and international capital markets. Hongyu is 22 years old, and was born and raised in Tianjin, China.
Guo Youziread bio
At Zhejiang University, Guo Youzi pursued her BA in English Language and Culture while also studying politics and economics. She was also a member of Cultural China, a training plan that helped her further understand Chinese Studies. Youzi has published two articles in Guangming Daily, and has received academic and program-specific scholarships from the Chinese government, the Australian government and other enterprises. Meanwhile, Youzi has served as Vice President of the Student Union, and as a voluntary interpreter in Liangzhu for three years to introduce Liangzhu Culture to foreign visitors. She also ranked top 4 in British Parliamentary Debate competition and top 3 in Dramatic Competition. Youzi has participated in two exchange programs at UC Berkeley and University of Sydney, through which she discovered her passion for international relations. She conducted a research project concerning Germany’s participation in peace-keeping action. After the volunteering experience in Nepal, Youzi realized the importance of communication between different cultures, so at the Yenching Academy, Youzi would like to focus on Chinese diplomatic policy and Sino-American relations. She hopes to be a good story-teller and to present China to the world.
Huang Fangyuanread bio
Huang Fangyuan is from Beijing, China. She completed her undergraduate degree in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, with a focus on Chinese literature. She was named Merit Student Pacesetter of PKU for her excellent academic performance, and was awarded the Tang Lixin Scholarship for three consecutive years. Fangyuan has been actively engaged in cross-cultural communication, and has attended exchange programs in Australia, the United States and Japan. She was deputy editor for the PKU Student Press Corps and has interviewed many people, including Iqbal Riza, Special Adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto. Fangyuan’s academic interests include comparative literature and culture. During her sophomore year, she received a research grant to study images of women in late Qing fiction (1849-1911). Later, she closely examined the treatment of foreign countries in Chinese novels. As a Yenching Scholar, Fangyuan hopes to study the interaction between Chinese literature and world literature in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of how China and the West perceive each other.
Huang Sizhuoread bio
Huang Sizhuo studied Business Journalism and minored in Marketing at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. She also researched linguistics, communication, and economics. In her graduate thesis, she conducted a comparative analysis of doctors’ identity construction in China and the U.S. Sizhuo interned at a magazine and an e-commerce company, where she witnessed the emergence and collapse of the peer-to-peer lending. While interning at an export-import bank, she felt the financing troubles of middle and small businesses. She has also volunteered in hospitals and participated in various competitions and clubs. These experiences helped her determine her mission: to mediate misunderstandings among different people and promote health care and safety. She plans to engage in more social work and increase her knowledge and skills at the Yenching Academy.
Jin Huyiread bio
Jin Huyi, from China, graduated from the school of Economics in Shandong University, majoring in Economics and Finance. During his undergraduate career, he was in an international academic environment where the courses were all taught by foreign faculty in English. In his senior year, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had the chance to learn leading knowledge about finance and communicate with world-class experts at the Wharton School. He is passionate about research, and has joined two NSFC projects to research the informal finance and economic growth of China. In addition, he also has enjoyed many extra-curricular activities. He loves football and played as the captain of his school team. He served as the deputy chairman in the Student Union of his university, where he organized multiple student activities. What's more, he also worked as a volunteer in the 22nd International Congress of Historical Science and the 2nd Penn Wharton China Summit. In the future, as a Yenching Scholar in Peking University, Jin wants to pursue the Economics and Management research area, focusing on the research about China's economic growth, especially in the financial sector.
Asmod Karkiread bio
Asmod Karki is from Kathmandu, Nepal. He graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a degree in Public and International Relations. He is also an inaugural Ullman Fellow in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. During his time at Yenching, he hopes to explore China through both the academia and experiences outside classrooms. He intends to explore the role of non-market forces in the growth that China has seen and its implications.
Nan Sandar Kyawread bio
Miss Nan Sandar Kyaw who is known to her friends as Gwen San is from Myanmar. She is currently living in Mandalay and working on her own garment production business called “Timeless Garment”. She also teaches business management at Apex Business School part time. She studied Chinese for her undergraduate degree at Mandalay University of Foreign Languages and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Association of Business Executives (ABE,UK) at the same time. In 2011, she won the Global UGRAD exchange scholarship in the US and spent a semester at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She actively participated in and won several national and international business plan competitions in 2012 and 2013. As a youth leader, she has inspired many local students and has been involved in many voluntary works such as mobile library, public speaking and summer essay competitions at monastic schools in Mandalay. She founded a public speaking club called “Mandalay Toastmaster Club” at Jefferson Centre in Mandalay. She is the co-founder of Dedicated Next Generation which provides leadership training, supported by the US Embassy’s Small Grant. At the Yenching Academy, she will focus on Economics and Management as her research area, as she would like to sharpen her Chinese language and understand the impact of Chinese culture and traditions on China’s economic development and international trade.
Lynn Leeread bio
Lynn Lee studied International Politics and Asian Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lynn attended public school in Qingdao, China for five years before moving to the United States in 2009. Recently, in 2016, she studied at Sciences Po in Lyon, France for a semester. From her experiences abroad, Lynn learned to speak Korean, English, Mandarin Chinese and French. She has been interested in International Relations since age nine and is particularly passionate about security in Northeast Asia. At Georgetown, Lynn worked as a research assistant to a professor whose expertise includes China’s military strategy and led a student organization called Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THiNK). During her senior year, she conducted two independent research projects on China’s memory construction of the Korean War and North Korea’s nuclear discourse. During the past summer, Lynn interned with the Korea Studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a think tank in Washington DC. As an aspiring academic, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Political Science after the Yenching program and conduct research on the geopolitical implications of the U.S.-China relations in respect to the Korean Peninsula. At the Yenching Academy, Lynn will concentrate on Politics and International Relations.
Li Mengranread bio
Born and raised in a small town of Inner Mongolia, Li Mengran studied Biomedical English in Peking University Health Science Center, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of science and a minor of French. Leo has focused his studies at university on medical humanities and health policies, and is keen on cross-cultural communication. In addition to academic work, he also showed great interest in international relations, working in Peking University’s Asian International Model United Nations (AIMUN) for four consecutive years. He served as the Secretary-General of AIMUN in 2016, and was sponsored to travel to the U.S. to provide academic guidance to Chinese high school students participating in the Harvard Model United Nations and North American Invitational Model United Nations held in Georgetown University. He then took a step forward from model UN to the real UN system, interning at the World Health Organization China Office. Apart from his MUN career, Leo also actively contributed to a number of school and social activities, including serving as the president of PKU’s medical translation association, and voluntarily teaching for half a month in a remote Yunnan village. He enjoys different types of music in his spare time. At the Yenching Academy, he is eager to gain more insight and inspiration into his own country’s public policy and diplomatic relations.