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.
Li Mengzhenread bio
Li Mengzhen is expected to graduate from the School of Government at Beijing Normal University, where she studied human resources and psychology, in June 2017. As an undergraduate, she won many top awards in her campus including the First Class Academic Scholarship and the Cyrus Tang Moral Education Scholarship. Aside from her basic curriculum, she devoted herself to field studies regarding the well-being of Beijing residents in July 2014. She also spent a year in the National Undergraduate Training Program for Innovation: the influencing factors and driving mechanism of the Makerspaces talent gathering, based on a multiple case analysis in Beijing. The research had proven very valuable for Makerspaces both on and off campus. Mengzhen was the vice president of the BNU Love Association, where she was responsible for the PR and the liaison department. BNU Love, which had been awarded the Best Student Association of her school in 2016, delivered exceptional-quality educational resources to less developed areas of China. Furthermore, she delegated for Singapore in the 62nd Harvard Model United Nations. With a strong interest in corporate strategy, she is working as a research assistant in the Boston Consulting Group. She concentrates on market research and competitor analysis, providing innovative ideas with supporting details. Mengzhen will study Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy, where she hopes to gain more knowledge about the roles China plays in the global market. She is planning to work in consultancy where she can create better solutions for NGOs and start-ups.
Liu Xingyinread bio
Liu Xingyin studied Public Administration and Economics at Peking University. As an undergraduate, she was awarded many scholarships, including the Leo Ko Guan Scholarship and May Forth Scholarship for Academic Excellence. With a focus on rural development in China, she will study economics and management at the Yenching Academy. She has independently carried out fieldwork in challenging environments, and hopes to incorporate this type of understanding with economics to shape more effective policies for rural development.
Liu Xinyuread bio
Liu Xinyu studied climate science and physics at Peking University. He has a strong interest in climate change alleviation and energy transition processing in China. In his junior year, he conducted an independent scientific research at Peking University’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, which involved modeling paleoclimate states on supercomputers. During the summer of 2016, he interned at Harvard University, for which he was sponsored by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Liu focused on scientific and political approaches to research geoengineering. Afterwards, he joined the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in Beijing as an intern with the Climate and Energy team, which was responsible for the preparation of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties（COP22）. As 2017 will mark the launch of the China-wide carbon trading market, his undergraduate dissertation focuses mainly on the evaluation of seven Chinese pilot jurisdictions for their cap and trade systems. Liu is pursuing the economics and management research area at Yenching Academy; he also manages the student club “Institute of Environmental Public Policy” as president. Through acquiring the essential knowledge about social science, he is determined to enrich his understanding of climate change governance. Liu also hopes to make his way to an international platform with the diverse experiences and inspirations received at the Yenching Academy.
Lu Luread bio
Lu Lu graduated from Fudan University, where she studied philosophy and concentrated on the field of aesthetics and art. She previously conducted research on the theory of “The End of Art,” Chinese contemporary artists’ cultural identity, and traditional Chinese art heritage conservation. In her spare time, she writes plays for the school drama club and writes articles on art criticism for ThePaper.cn. In 2015 she was awarded a full scholarship to learn Japanese at Tohoku University for one year. While in Japan, she became increasingly interested in cross-cultural communication and international relations. She volunteered to teach both international and Japanese students Chinese every week and promoted cultural exchanges with the local China-Japan Friendship Association. These experiences prompted her to explore a better approach to understanding and interpreting China in a global context. Her main research interests include international relations, public policy and art history. At the Yenching Academy, she will pursue an M.A. in China Studies with Literature and Culture as her research area, and simultaneously focus on the cross-section between Chinese culture and politics. She hopes to gain more interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives at YCA and to merge her diverse interests to contribute to intercultural communication, especially on culture and art exchanges in the future.
Sriharsha Masabathularead bio
Sriharsha Masabathula, from India, is a member of the Master’s of Public Policy, Class of 2016-17 at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government as a Chevening Scholar. During 2014-16, he worked with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Yangon, Myanmar, on issues related to sustainable livelihood-development, environmental conservation, and communication for development (C4D). He completed his undergraduate studies in Economics and Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University, USA, following which he pursued the Young India Fellowship in New Delhi, India. Sriharsha has also served as the President of a social-enterprise, Veda Climate Change Solutions Ltd. (VCCSL), established to make international climate change mechanisms work for marginalized communities. VCCSL has successfully delivered "carbon-revenue" from afforestation activities to over 1500 small-scale farmers, through a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, perhaps for the first-time in the afforestation sector in South-Asia, in partnership with the World Bank's carbon-finance business. Sriharsha believes that inter-cultural dialogue and understanding is essential to address today’s challenges, and envisions the Yenching Academy as a platform to deepen his understanding of how global issues can be addressed innovatively through perseverance, sacrifice, ambition and strategic vision, embedded in the Chinese approach to problem-solving. He is also keen on delving into how India and China, along with the ASEAN countries, can chart an innovative roadmap for socio-economic development through upcoming initiatives in the region, such as the New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Eduardo Monteiro Baptistaread bio
Eduardo Baptista is a 21-year old history undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge. Before moving to Cambridge in October 2014, Eduardo studied at St. Julian's International School in his country of birth, Portugal. The son of a Portuguese father and South Korean mother, Eduardo always wanted to live and study in East Asia. After studying China's anti-imperialist struggle between 1895 and 1927, he decided to apply to the Yenching Academy to further his studies. Eduardo plans to choose Politics and International Relations as his research area, and to reassess past research on the relations between the Korean Peninsula and the EU by learning about the past, present and future of China's relationship with the West. As an aspiring diplomat, Eduardo will pay particular attention to China's relations with Portugal. Eduardo has a strong interest in the Chinese language. Like many other Korean children, much of Eduardo's Korean was learnt through the use of Chinese characters, and this exposure has led to his desire of becoming fluent in Mandarin. As a fluent speaker of Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Korean, Eduardo is particularly excited to integrate into the multicultural environment of the Yenching Academy.
Muzepaer Mutielifuread bio
Muzaper Mutielifu (Muzappar Mutellip in Uygur language) is a Chinese Uygur student from Urumqi, a north-western city of China and the provincial capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. He is a 2017 graduate from the School of Archaeology and Museology in Peking University. As a student majoring in archaeology, Muzepaer participated in three excavations, once at the Qinyoungcheng Archaeological Site located in Shaanxi Province, and twice at the Tongguzbash Ancient City Site located in Xinjiang. He also interned at the Museum of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Aside from his major, coming from a multicultural and multilingual background has given him a strong interest in linguistics, and an appreciation of the importance of language and cultures. He went to Mauritius in 2014 and Egypt in 2015 for international volunteering programmes that focus on environmental and cultural issues. Meanwhile, he is passionate about making his hometown and country a better place. He decided to become a Mandarin teacher in Tashkurghan, the only Tajik Autonomous County in China, and a national-level poverty-stricken county, located closely to the border of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. As a Yenching Scholar, Muzepaer will be concentrating in Politics and International Relations. Given the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative, he will focus on the respective reactions of the Central Asian countries and Xinjiang, which is a crossroad in Asia and a place that connects the West and China. In the future, he aims to address the international stereotypes and misunderstandings about Xinjiang and China.
Jinggang (Jenny) Ngread bio
Originally from Hong Kong, Jenny graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science. After spending a summer in Ecuador, she developed an interest in China-Latin America relations, and has focused her research in the past three years on Chinese and Latin American politics. She intends to study Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy to further build on this interest. Beyond academia, Jenny, along with her classmate, has worked to build a school in South Sudan, which now serves 200 students from grades 9-10. She spends most of her energy looking for ways to sustain and grow this project in South Sudan. In her free time, Jenny can be found in the basement of her school gym rock-climbing.
Junyang Ngread bio
Junyang Ng was born in Singapore, and studied at the University of Dundee, where he graduated with distinction, majoring in European Studies and Philosophy. Always seeking the most fitting place to explore his interests, Junyang spent one semester at Sciences Po (Grenoble), where he focused on the question of national identity, and one semester at Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, where he examined psychological concepts derived from Nietzsche's works. He now resides in Frascati, Italy, where he received a scholarship from Accademia Vivarium Novum (AVN) to study the ancient Roman and Greek civilisations through their literature and philosophy, and to reflect on the humanist tradition through neo-Latin works. Aligning himself with the goal of AVN, Junyang dreams of a new Renaissance, where a moral and learned society would form part of the solution to global problems faced today. Junyang is currently researching the "accommodation method" employed by early European missionaries in China. He admires the missionaries’ humility and their depth of understanding of a culture so foreign to their own, which, together with the openness and generosity of the Chinese mandarins and emperors, eventually led to a meaningful East-West exchange of ideas and technology. Junyang hopes to take this research further while at Yenching, and to consider how the "accommodation method" can be applied in a secular manner to today's globalising society. Junyang aspires to be like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whom he looks up to as not only a brilliant poet, but a perspicacious philosopher, a tireless scientist, and a great statesman.