Christine Anne Tiuread bio
Christine is 23 years old and from Manila, the Philippines. She majored in Business Management and minored in Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her involvement with the local government as a Youth Council Chairperson and with various sector-based organizations exposed her to the Philippines’ social realities at a young age, leading her to co-found the first campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, as well as an award-winning social enterprise providing alternative livelihood for women through fashion. While working full-time as general manager of a Hong Kong-based international beverage chain in the Philippines, Christine also worked for Ashoka Philippines and helped establish a non-profit seeking to restructure the agricultural model for farmers in rural indigenous communities. As a Yenching Scholar, Christine will pursue Economics and Management as her research area. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurship, private philanthropy and volunteerism in China.
Wang Boxuanread bio
Wang Boxuan majored in Chinese literature at Peking University. Interested in intercultural communication, she aspires to promote mutual understanding. While an undergraduate, she volunteered with the Beijing FIA Formula E Championship, the International Culture Festival, and the Tutorial Program for International Students. She was elected Vice President of AIESEC PKU for the 2015 term. As the leader of a 14-member team, she gained the Star Satisfaction Award in seven divisions and directed the Global Internship Program, establishing cooperation with two companies. On two occasions she helped organize the semiannual ‘Make a Difference’ Business Forum, which focuses on African development and on gender equality. Her research interests include Chinese contemporary literature and cross-cultural communication in literary translation.
Xie Changmingread bio
Xie Changming majored in sociology and minored in accounting at Fudan University. He has conducted several sociological research projects on China’s social transition, work organization, and health inequality. He spent one semester studying at the University of Copenhagen as an exchange student, where he worked with other East Asian students to produce a visual ethnography exhibition on their experiences in Denmark. While at Fudan, Xie hosted or worked as a DJ for approximately 100 events. He also competed as a member of the Fudan basketball team. After being selected to participate in the Siyuan Plan, Xie traveled to Yunnan, Guangdong, Tianjin, California, and Sri Lanka to do surveys and volunteer teaching. Xie’s research and social practice have led him to realize that most social sciences theories and empirical work are rooted in the social environment of the West and do not fully address China’s social structure and issues. Therefore, at the Yenching Academy, Xie plans to continue his social sciences research, with an emphasis on the Chinese context.
Xu Yuechiread bio
Xu Yuechi graduated from School of Government (SG), Peking University, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She has served as Secretary of the Youth League Branch and Minister of the Academic Department in the Student Union in SG. Yuechi won the Gold Medal in Challenge Cup Capital College Student Business Plan Competition in 2016 with a program focusing on aerospace and automotive intelligent manufacturing equipment and high-end components. Volunteering as Head Teacher helping poor children learn English at Baan Bor Hin School in Chiang Mai and a fieldworker of on-site social investigation in Thailand, she became interested in the deep-seated historic impact on those developing countries’ institution arrangements. During the summer vacations, she went to Yale University and the University of Cambridge as an exchange student in 2015 and 2012, respectively. At Yenching Academy, she hopes to utilize her solid base in econometrics to prepare for further comparative political studies and cross-cultural interactions. Yuechi won a silver medal (women’s group) in the 2011 Youth Tennis Championships in Chongqing, and is the former captain of the School of Government’s tennis team.
Yang Zhongshuread bio
Yang Zhongshu pursued her Bachelor’s degree in German Language and Culture at Zhejiang University. She has received many honors for her academic performance, including the National Scholarship and First-Class Scholarship for Outstanding Students of Zhejiang University. Zhongshu was honored as an Excellent Graduate of Zhejiang Province. She was fortunate to be chosen as an exchange student to the Berlin Institute of Technology on a government sponsorship for a semester. Exposed to diverse cultures, she has not only polished her English and German, but also improved her intercultural communication competence. By associating with her foreign friends, she has understood Chinese culture better and discovered her passion for China Studies, especially study of Chinese minorities. At the Yenching Academy, Zhongshu would like to combine the scientific research theories and methods she has learned during her undergraduate studies with the knowledge of Chinese minorities to investigate their cultures and current situations. She is keen to devote herself to protecting and inheriting the diverse cultures and traditions of Chinese minorities. She also wants to take advantage of the abilities of two foreign languages, German and English, to disseminate Chinese cultures and the cultures of minorities in China to the world.
Syeda Maira Zamirread bio
Maira Zamir is a Fulbright Scholar and a Cornell University graduate with a Master's degree in Public Administration. Her foremost interests gravitate around building civic engagement, women empowerment, and socioeconomic development. She has pursued these ambitions in her work with various organizations including the World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Over the past couple of years, Zamir has worked on projects related to comparative public administration, e-government and socioeconomic development in Thailand, China, South Korea, Pakistan, East Africa and the United States. She has also completed the Young Development Fellowship with the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform in Pakistan. During her fellowship, Zamir co-authored a book with the Federal Minister of Planning Commission on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and prospects for Pak-China economic and geopolitical relations. She is currently working with the UN Women Pakistan's country team as a Research and Coordination Officer. She has led consultations for the first ever gender unit in the Planning Commission of Pakistan. She has research interests in Pak-China bilateral economic relations, success of mixed-economy of China and growth oriented strategies of China in the globalized world. At Peking University, she will be pursuing her Master’s degree focusing on Economics and Management. Zamir, a native of Pakistan, is currently based in Islamabad. She enjoys travelling and blogging.
Zhang Chengread bio
Zhang Cheng grew up in Shanghai and studied International Politics at Fudan University, spending a semester as an exchange student at the National University of Singapore. He has received the National Scholarship, Qinglian Scholarship and Soh Bing Scholarship. Cheng was a research assistant for the China Energy Fund Committee at the 2016 China-U.S. Track II Energy Dialogue. He participated in a National Social Science Fund research project on the Belt and Road Initiative and international energy cooperation, and has published two articles in China Reference. At Fudan University, he is active in the Siyuan Plan and also serves as Co-Chair of Zhide College. He has taught students in Yongping County, Yunnan Province, organized co-curricular activities for migrant workers’ children in Shanghai, and attended the Asia Pacific Islander 2016 Annual Conference at University of California, Berkeley. Cheng has been actively involved in voluntary service for years, and was awarded the Shanghai Outstanding Youth Volunteer award. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to continue with his research on international energy cooperation from a cross-disciplinary perspective.
Zhao Xieyingread bio
Zhao Xieying comes from Guangdong Province. She is studying in Sun Yat-Sen University, where she majors in Chinese language and literature. During her undergraduate studies, Xieying carried out a series of research on the theme of the development and promotion of traditional Cantonese culture, ranging from the local dialect to the folk custom. Based on her outstanding academic performance, she was awarded the National Scholarship, the Uniqlo Scholarship and the First class of SYSU Scholarship. She also won the second prize in the National University Student Writing Contest for her excellent writing ability. Besides this, she is actively involved in campus life by serving as a Counselor Assistant of the Department of Chinese, SYSU, a member of the University Reception Volunteer Team and the head of New Media Segment of SYSU YOUTH, the student newspaper. She used to be an intern in the 21st CENTURY BUSINESS HERALD and Guangzhou Council for the Promotion of International Trade. At the Yenching Academy, Xieying hopes to continue her study in Chinese Literature and Culture. Combing the abstract theory with the individual experience, she seeks to broaden her knowledge in the field of the intellectual history of modern China, as well as the East-West comparative literature studies.