Aliza Warwickread bio
Originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Aliza Warwick graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 2014. She majored in International Studies and wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on social power and shengnv, or “leftover women” following the ethnographic research she had conducted in Beijing. Since graduating, Aliza has worked at Civic Consulting Alliance, a nonprofit public policy consultancy in Chicago where her responsibilities involve collaborating with local government agencies to solve issues facing Chicago in the fields of education and criminal justice. Based on this experience, Aliza is particularly interested in public policy on a local scale in China. At Yenching Academy, she will explore corporate social responsibility and community engagement in China.
Ilse Andrea Zambrano Fajardoread bio
Ilse Andrea Zambrano Fajardo prefers to be called Andy. She currently lives in Mexico City, where she was born. Andy has previously lived in a number of other countries. Andy studied in the French school system for eighteen years (Lycée Francais de Saint Louis in Sweden, Lycée Francais de Madrid in Spain and Lycée Franco-Mexicain in Mexico). She earned her degree in Economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She is interested in a wide variety of topics: philosophy, literature, culture, and politics. Andy is deeply interested in China, and specifically in Chinese culture because it is entirely different from anything she has known before. She's specifically interested in Chinese people's ways of thinking and acting, and in how they perceive their places and roles in our globalized world.
Caroline Zhangread bio
Caroline Zhang graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with departmental honors for her majors in English Literature and German. Her senior thesis explored the power dynamics of reproductive politics in totalitarian states through a critical analysis of dystopian literature. She was awarded the Hester Ann Corner Prize for distinction in literature and the Berle Memorial Prize for excellence in German literature. During her undergraduate years, Caroline interned at the Legal Aid Society in New York and at the Hong Kong Legislative Council. Following her studies in China, she plans to pursue a JD degree in the US. Originally from Riverside, California, she grew up in Hong Kong, where she first began to appreciate the intricacies of transnational and intercultural exchange, and its impact on judicial and economic systems. At the Yenching Academy, she intends on deepening her understanding of how culture influences, guides, and shapes China in its rapid evolution into a major world power.