Zhengyuan Maread bio
Born in Nanjing, China, Zhengyuan Ma (Zheng) moved to Honolulu, HI when he was six years old. There, he came into contact with many diverse cultures and became interested in cross-cultural interactions, which encouraged him to maintain a keen interest in events in China, his country of origin. Zheng attended the high school of U.S. President Barack Obama and is the State of Hawai'i record holder for several U.S. mathematics competitions, including the USA Mathematical Olympiad. His passion for mathematics has developed into interests in various topics, including history, philosophy, religion, computer science, and economics, and he loves learning new ideas and reading as much as he can. This past year, he finished a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science at Stanford University. At Stanford, he was the president of O-Tone, an East Asian-focused a cappella group, and was a member of the Forum for American-Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) and the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES). He also studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan, which was an extremely formative experience for him. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting historical sites, exploring cities and nature, and reading. From his current academic work in economics and data science, he hopes to be a professor or work in financial services, and is intending to study at Yenching under the Economics and Management track.
Aurelio Muzaurietaread bio
Aurelio (Al) Muzaurieta is 22 years old and a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He recently graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures and double-minored in Global Health/Health Policy and Mandarin Chinese. A varsity letterman in rowing and an orientation leader of Harvard's Outdoor Program, Al spent a great deal of his undergraduate career on the Charles River and hiking in New England. Al loves traveling, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Mandarin. During his undergraduate summers, he won grants to study language and culture in China, and to go to Brazil to conduct independent research on the Zika Virus and on public health campaigns during the Rio Olympics. At the Yenching Academy, Al plans to concentrate in Economics and Management with a particular focus on Chinese healthcare economics and reform. His long-term career goal is to practice medicine and to help improve global healthcare delivery.
William Qiangread bio
William Qiang studied Economics and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. He is an associate at China Europe International Business School Publishing Group – the media affiliate of China’s top-ranked business school – where, among other topics, he examines the economic and political implications of new advances in technology. Leveraging his bicultural heritage and multidisciplinary background, William co-founded the Sanren Society, a group of young political philosophers and thinkers interested in understanding the systemic changes necessary to promote a peaceful prosperous world. His long-term aspiration is to help build an international regulatory body coordinating efforts to monitor and reduce A.I. risk.
Jennifer Quread bio
Jennifer Wells-Qu graduated in 2014 from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Gender & Sexuality Studies and East Asian Studies. She has conducted research for a reproductive mental health clinic, wrote an HPV policy recommendation for the NYC Health Department, advised underprivileged Chicago residents through Health Leads, and coordinated an international summit in D.C. to end female genital mutilation. Jen currently works at Equality Now, where she advocates for the rights of women and girls around the world. At Yenching Academy, she plans to research the potential for China to use its growing economic investments in Southeast Asia and Africa as leverage to advance human rights, as well as what effective methods for convincing Chinese businesses to do so. Jennifer is 24 years old.
Dominic Joseph Romeoread bio
Dominic was born in St. Louis and raised in the almond capital of the world, Turlock, California. His upbringing was largely shaped by his parents’ coaching, playing basketball with his three siblings, and lifting weights with his Uncle Sam. After graduating from Pitman High School, he began studying Political Science and Chinese at the University of Notre Dame. Thanks to the tireless guidance of Professor Victoria Hui and Notre Dame’s generous funding, Dom spent time in inner-city Los Angeles, Western Kenya, and rural Guizhou. In these places he witnessed drastic inequalities plaguing the world, and felt challenged to offset such imbalance. While at the Yenching Academy, Dom hopes to use his fluent Mandarin to study traditional Chinese medicine and its modern applications. After completing his studies at Peking University, Dom plans to begin his premedical studies in the United States and eventually return to live in developing parts of the world.
Jordan Schneiderread bio
Jordan Schneider majored in history at Yale University, concentrating on the Ancient Greeks and the origins of the UN. In college, he wrote for the school newspaper and interned at Brookings, the World Economic Forum, the US Delegation to the UN, and the White House. After graduating, Jordan moved to DC, where he wrote about American trade, sanctions, and investment policy for the Eurasia Group. He then researched emerging market bureaucracies at Princeton’s Innovations for Successful Societies. Most recently, Jordan worked at a global macro hedge fund, helping pension and sovereign wealth funds navigate global markets. At the Yenching Academy Jordan plans to study US-China trade policy and Chinese geoeconomic strategy. He can't wait to explore China's start-up scene and develop his Mandarin.
Allison Sherlockread bio
Allison Sherlock, a resident of Evanston, Illinois, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and History from Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, Allison studied Chinese and pursued language immersion at Minzu University in Beijing, where she became interested in the economic potential of China's growing cities. For her honors thesis in Asian Studies, she analyzed the links between urbanization, land development, and capital in Wuhan, Hubei. Her background in Chinese history and politics was particularly helpful for this study of Central China’s urban development fiscal challenges. Allison intends to study Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy, with a particular focus on political economy. In the future, she hopes to be a part of America's private sector engagement in China.
Audrey Shiread bio
Audrey Anlin Shi is a senior at Harvard College studying history and literature with an emphasis on modern China. Prior to arriving at Harvard in 2015, she studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded the Mrs. Claude Beddington Prize for Literature. She also headed the Oxford Muse Society, which serves to create spaces for meaningful conversations between strangers. Passionate about storytelling and cultivating transnational understanding, Shi has worked as a journalist for CNN Beijing, The Southern Weekend, and Fortune Magazine. Shi has been awarded grants from the Harvard Asia Center and the Fung Foundation to research epistolary networks between American and Chinese women during the Second Sino-Japanese War. As a Yenching Scholar, Shi intends to develop her knowledge of Chinese literature and film. She is particularly excited to use her time at Peking University to create short films that capture underexplored aspects of modern Chinese life.
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.
Joshua Tuplerread bio
Josh Tupler—who originally hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida—graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 magna cum laude with departmental honors majoring in Government, focusing on International Relations & Security, and minoring in Ethics. At Dartmouth, Josh’s senior thesis focused on assessing the military balance in East Asia and the potential for a U.S.-China conflict. Josh is passionate about U.S. foreign and national security policy, and spent the year after graduating serving as a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University in Canada. At the Yenching Academy, Josh intends to study Chinese history, culture, and foreign policy to better understand the deeper socio-political context of events unfolding in the region and to explore opportunities for increased Sino-American cooperation.