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Sam Hallread bio
Sam Hall is an Australian who graduated from the University of Sydney with majors in Chinese Studies, Economics, and Quantitative Analytics. During and following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Sam lived, worked, travelled and studied in various locations across China. Above all, however, it is language and literature that are his most abiding passions. At the Yenching Academy, Sam has intensively studied post-socialist Chinese fiction and Chinese literary theory. In the future, Sam hopes to pursue doctoral studies in Chinese literature and continue to explore the ways in which Chinese literature, theory, and history are entangled.
Johannes Hallermeierread bio
Johannes Hallermeier graduated with a philosophy major from Princeton University. Though he is originally from Germany, he has spent several years living in Latin America and the United States. He taught English and set up a scholarship program in Arequipa, Peru, pursued undergraduate studies at Princeton University in New Jersey, and got to know Cuba during a semester at the University of Havana. Johannes wrote his senior thesis on refugees and economic migrants, and the two groups’ comparable claims to be admitted to foreign countries. At the Yenching Academy, Johannes is focusing on the study of Chinese philosophy and its role in today’s politics and culture. He became fascinated with China’s current transition after observing similar processes in Cuba, where capitalist activity and its social effects have been allowed to grow within a socialist system. Like in Cuba, Johannes will explore China both in the classroom and in contact with diverse parts of Beijing’s population. He is hoping to synthesize his impressions in writing, photography and videography.
David Honglerread bio
David Hongler studied in Zurich, where he completed his Master's degree in the field of law in 2016. He returned to Switzerland after spending a year at the Renmin University of China. During his time in Beijing, he studied China's legal system while also making an effort to better understand Chinese contemporary society through the means of cultural immersion and intensive language studies. David holds both Swiss and German citizenship and grew up in an intellectually stimulating environment in Zurich. Early on, he developed a broad variety of interests ranging from competitive rowing to the art of Japanese woodblock prints. During his studies in Switzerland, he accumulated both professional and volunteer experience. Notably, he was employed as a research assistant to a Chair for International Law. Among other things, he extensively researched the sovereignty disputes over the maritime features in the South China Sea. David's academic interests are not just limited to the sphere of law, but extend to history, philosophy, society and economics. As a Yenching Scholar, he is further developing his interests in Law and Society in China, and also gaining a deeper understanding of China's economy.
Ty Hoppread bio
Ty Hopp is an interdisciplinary Asian Humanities scholar and graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). An avid backpacker and fluent Korean speaker, Ty spent a year at Yonsei University in South Korea and taught English to North Korean refugees as a volunteer for Seoul-based NGO PSCORE. Working remotely with the US Embassy in Jakarta, he founded the Teach for Borneo initiative, an English education program for rural Indonesian students on the island of Borneo. Ty is pursuing the politics and international relations concentration at the Yenching Academy. Building on his experience combining education, technology and diplomacy, he is focusing his research on the role of digital people-to-people diplomacy in the China-U.S. bilateral relationship. A budding designer and front-end developer, he intends to merge his diverse interests to pursue culturally-informed global entrepreneurship. He is 23 years old and from the United States of America.
Hou Jiaread bio
Hou Jia grew up in Tianjin, China. She attended the University of International Business and Economics, where she majored in English Translation and Interpretation (Economy and Trade). She was awarded a full scholarship to be a visiting scholar in Sydney, Australia, and has been awarded the National Scholarship, Guanghua Scholarship, First-Class Scholarship, and many prizes for speech contests, English negotiation, and more. Hou Jia also ranked among the top in international-style ballroom dance competitions, hosting competitions, and singing competitions. She was the only female student host of the 2013 International Youth Organization Forum & Beijing Sister City Youth Camp Welcome Dinner. She has served as Director of the UIBE TV Station, Vice President of Willis Towers Watson Campus Club, and as a part-time model and dance instructor. At the Yenching Academy, Hou Jia is focusing on Chinese economy and management.
Veronica Houkread bio
Veronica Houk graduated summa cum laude from New York University Abu Dhabi's third matriculating class in May 2016 with a major in Literature & Creative Writing and a concentration in Visual Arts: History, Theory, & Criticism. Her honors thesis "Feeding Appetites, Feeding Identities: Flesh and Consumption in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior" explored how Kingston's seminal memoir uses the consumption of flesh to map and navigate Asian-ethnic American identities. As an undergraduate, Veronica studied abroad in Ghana, China, Italy, and Germany, working with auction houses and art galleries and also engaging in international animal rights activism efforts. At Yenching Academy, Veronica plans to study the history of late 19th and 20th century Chinese photography and volunteer with animal welfare organizations.
Hu Xiaoyiread bio
Hu Xiaoyi majored in history at Nanjing University. She was awarded the National Scholarship and Outstanding Student award, as well as other academic honors from the university. Xiaoyi endeavors to share Chinese culture in real-world settings. She has attended many intercultural exchanges, including a London global study tour, summer school at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Asia-Pacific Rim Leadership Program in Malaysia. She has also volunteered to teach Chinese culture at a primary school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and was interviewed by Xinhua Daily, which published an article about the experience. Throughout her trips, Xiaoyi encountered both love and misunderstanding of Chinese culture, which has strengthened her resolve to promote intercultural exchange.
Ralph Alexander Hunt IIIread bio
Ralph Alexander Hunt III (commonly referred to as Tre) is from the United States and studied African Studies and East Asian Studies at Harvard University. His senior honors thesis focused on the relationship between China and Zimbabwe, and reasons as to why Zimbabwe decided to implement a "Look East" policy in the early 2000s. During college, Tre traveled extensively through sub-Saharan Africa and China, studying Mandarin Chinese along the way. His interests include the China-Africa relationship, foreign language acquisition theory, travel, and animation. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to deepen his understanding of the China-Africa relationship, and focus on the political, cultural, and economic ties that the two regions share.
Jiang Anjiread bio
Jiang Anji has twice been named one of the “Top Ten Elites” of Wuhan University, where she majored in English. She was the youngest head of the Wuhan University TV Station and Vice-Chairman of the Student Union. She has interviewed celebrities, including Nobel Prize winners. She has participated in a forum on relations between major world powers, receiving recognition from the Central Government think tank. Jiang Anji has traveled Southwestern China to promote Wuhan University and has worked to coordinate cooperation between Wuhan University and Spanish universities. She has completed three research projects and hosted a Diplomatic Salon at her university. She was awarded First Prize in the National College TV Awards for programs that she personally designed and directed, and placed first in Wuhan University’s “Speak for the World Mock News Anchor Competition.” Anji was featured in a news piece that received 100 thousand views in its first day online. The story was picked up by dozens of media organizations, including Xinhua News Agency and People’s Daily online. Anji’s goal is to devote herself to global governance.
Bulelani Jiliread bio
Bulelani Jili is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied philosophy, history, government, and economics. He was a Pfeiffer Scholar, receiving a full scholarship awarded to one student based on academic excellence and leadership achievement. While at Wesleyan, he conducted research on post-apartheid education reform, democratic theory, political action, and political sociology. His honors thesis was particularly concerned with examining the structural features in democracy and American history that perpetuate inequality; moreover, it aimed at demonstrating the need for a civically inclined citizenry. Bulelani is also the founder of Middletown Potluck, an organization that was created in order to provide a platform for community members to break bread, converse, and establish partnerships to pursue social justice in the wider Middletown community. The Yenching Academy is an opportunity to help him serve South Africa and the world better. The opportunity to be in China with the Yenching Academy will greatly add to his understanding of politics and its ills, and essentially add to his ability to craft concrete public policy solutions, especially for a geopolitical landscape that is shifting towards China. He hopes to continue to apply his social science acumen to assess issues pertaining to governance and educational policies in China and South Africa.