Rebecca Arcesatiread bio
Rebecca Arcesati, from Italy, graduated with honors in Language Mediation and Cross-cultural Communication from Milan State University, with a dissertation on inter-ethnic relations in Xinjiang. Her undergraduate studies focused on Chinese language and culture, and during those years she studied Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University and Liaoning Normal University, where she also taught Italian to Chinese college students. Following her research interest in Chinese politics and international relations, especially in Central Asia and Europe, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in International Science, China and Global Studies at the University of Turin, which she will be completing at the same time as the Yenching program, thus obtaining a double degree. As a free-lance language mediator in Italy, Rebecca was active in helping Chinese citizens integrate into the local community, worked for an art gallery and for public institutions. Subsequently, she was foreign relations intern at the Asia Pacific Financial Council, a fully Chinese financial organization based in Shanghai. Besides international relations, she is passionate about journalism: she created and managed the China Analysis column of a blog specializing in economic news, published articles and interviews about Chinese economic and social transformations, and was featured in some major Italian newspapers. At the Yenching Academy she has chosen the Politics and International Relations concentration; her goal is to improve her understanding of China’s role in international affairs, its vision, and the philosophy that inspires its diplomacy and foreign policy. In Beijing, she is Special Projects Manager at ThinkIN China, a project that organizes conferences, special events and workshops on contemporary China.
Alessio Wei Chenread bio
Alessio Wei Chen graduated cum laude in Political Science, minoring in Humanistic Studies, from John Cabot University in Rome. He then received an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics, where he specialized in Asia and the Pacific. His research contributes to the debate on the role of regional economic integration, nationalism and the perceptions of identities in Cross-Strait relations. An Italian national of Chinese descent, Alessio has lived in China, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Previously, he gained professional experience at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United States Embassy in Italy. He has been actively involved in the activities of Associna, the Association of Second Generation Italian-Chinese, promoting linguistic and cultural dialogue between young Italians, Chinese and Sino-Italians. His great ambition is to work for the diplomatic service representing Italian and EU interests in China. Alessio is confident that the concentration in Public Policy and International Relations at the Yenching Academy will provide a solid understanding of China to fulfil his professional aspirations. Alessio is fluent in Italian, Chinese, English, German, French and Spanish and his passion for foreign languages and cultures has also brought him to study Japanese, Arabic and Portuguese. Alessio hopes to explore his cultural heritage while studying in China and exchanging ideas with the Yenching Scholars and academics as well as the larger PKU community in Beijing.
Sofia Ferigolliread bio
Sofia Ferigolli is an Italian student, born in Trento, who is completing a double-binational degree in International Relations between France (at Sciences Po Bordeaux) and Italy (at the Università degli Studi of Torino). Sofia has been enrolled in an English speaking master’s program in Bordeaux, which has no equivalent in France outside Paris, and which includes a semester at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California. However, she deferred completion of this degree in order to study for a Master’s at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Sofia holds an Italian Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. In 2015, she presented a thesis regarding the International Dimension of Sport Practice, which focused on the process of rapprochement between China and the USA under the name of ping-pong diplomacy. The Franco-Italian program she is pursuing will provide her with four degrees: two Italian and two French. As she is focused on the field of diplomacy and international cooperation, she would like to pursue her studies at the Yenching Academy in the field of politics and international relations. Thus, her intention is to further investigate China’s public and foreign policy, which she has only slightly touched upon during her four previous years at university.