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Kangkyu (David) Leeread bio
Kangkyu (David) Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and currently lives in New York where he works as a Domain Expert at Dataminr. He graduated from Georgetown University with an M.A. in Asian Studies and an A.B in International Affairs from the University of Georgia magna cum laude. Kangkyu also studied as a government-funded JASSO Fellow to conduct research on Japanese foreign policy and domestic politics as an exchange student at Osaka University—here he worked as a teaching and research assistant to Dr. Yoneyuki Sugita. Within the Politics and International Relations concentration, he hopes to utilize his experience working at Washington, DC-based think tanks to investigate the normative role of political psychology, technology, and public opinion on Chinese elite-behavior to brainstorm solutions for contemporary China-IR issues, such as the Thucydides Trap. Kangkyu is a self-professed aficionado of Chinese martial arts films and is enthralled by Chinese urbanization.
Jun-Hyuk (Michael） Leeread bio
Prior to Yenching, Michael Lee was a freelance writer and journalist based in Seoul, South Korea. He has worked with various media organisations, such as the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and NPR. Born in Seoul, Michael read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford, where he graduated in 2015. At Oxford, Michael worked as a news editor for the Oxford Student newspaper. Before university, he lived between the United States, South Korea, and France. Michael's interest in China developed studying Classical Chinese and world history in secondary school in Korea, and by taking a course in International Relations of the Cold War at university. Michael studies Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy, particularly regarding how the Chinese tradition of legal mediation has influenced the country's approach to consensus-building and conflict resolution, such as in Sudan.
Lei Xuefeiread bio
Born in Jiangxi Province, Xuefei grew up in Shanghai, and studied statistics at Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, where she received the honor of the Yongjin Scholarship, one of the highest honors at CUFE. During her undergraduate studies, she exchanged at UC Berkeley as a visiting student, where she developed a strong interest in regional economics and development while attending urban economics seminars. To further develop her interest, Xuefei joined China Gazetteer Project as a research assistant, interned at China Center for Urban Development of National Development and Reform Commission, and participated in Yenching Social Innovation Forum 2017 afterward. At Yenching Academy, she concentrates in Economics and Management while exploring urban economics and rural development from a multi-faceted perspective in face of the unbalanced development in today’s China.
Abdou Rahim Lema Mohamedread bio
Abdou Rahim Lema Mohamed is a Beninese student in Turkey. He studied International Relations and Economics at Ipek University & Hacettepe University in Ankara. In Summer 2017, he interned at “Dione” Center of Local Development in Greece under the Erasmus+Internship scheme, where he became involved in various Youth Exchange Projects, sponsored and supported by the European Commission. He also studied, for a semester, at Gdansk School of Banking in Poland under the Erasmus+Exchange scheme. At Yenching Academy, Lema studies Politics and International Relations. He is interested in broadening his understanding of the African International Affairs with a particular focus on the Sino-African relations. He is multilingual and looks forward to adding Chinese to his growing catalogue of international languages.
Gabriel Lernerread bio
Gabriel Lerner was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 2018. During college, Gabriel interned at the White House, in the Parliament of Canada, and at Bain & Company. He is the co-founder of WeListen, an organization that facilitates discussion between liberals and conservatives to bridge the American partisan divide. Gabriel's interests lie at the intersection of politics and economics, and so he studies Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy, with a particular focus on income inequality.
Dev Lewisread bio
Prior to Yenching, Dev Lewis was based in Shanghai as a research and marketing manager at Infosys China and Research affiliate of Digital Asia Hub. He also built a community of China watchers as head of YCW’s Shanghai chapter and member of its global editorial team. Dev’s present focus is on the intersection between technology, business, and policies, especially in China and India. Previously, he spent two years at Gateway House where he looked at foreign policy issues, and built the think tank’s digital media department. Dev grew up in Mumbai, India, and completed his undergraduate studies with a major in International Relations at Roger Williams University in the US. He also studied Chinese at ECNU in Shanghai and Zhengzhou University in Henan. At the Yenching Academy, Dev plans on taking a deep dive into areas such as Law and Society, International Relations, and Economics. He intends to design a thesis paper on artificial intelligence and apply this in what he does next.
Li Jiaxinread bio
Born in Alxa, Inner Mongolia, and after having lived in Beijing for 7 years, Li Jiaxin graduated from Minzu University of China with a Bachelor’s degree in Law. Her ethnology major combined with her experience of living with various minorities since high school，she gradually developed a strong interest in cross-cultural communication and research. During her undergraduate study, she was awarded the National Scholarship and first-class academic scholarship of her university. She joined EU-China summer school and learnt about Europe in different universities in Austria, Germany, France and 5 other countries; and accomplished a 2-week volunteer for Maori culture protection program in Auckland, New Zealand. Her undergraduate dissertation was based on 1-month of fieldwork in a Manchu village in northeast China. With the concern of ethnographic documentary, literature, photography and other patterns of popular culture, she is eager to tell stories of China from a native perspective. At the Yenching Academy, she concentrates in Literature and Culture, continues with her research on Chinese rural areas, and extends her study interest in the inter-discipline and multi-cultural learning environment.
Liang Kunread bio
Liang Kun, from Changsha in Hunan, graduated from the Sociology Department at Wuhan University. During her undergraduate period, she received several awards like China National Scholarship, Special Prize of National English Contest, and Outstanding Graduate award. Kun took the initiative to dig into her studies by combining social theories with empirical evidence, and conducted research on the relationship between enterprises and employers in Guangdong, the elder’s social participation in Hubei, and the unbalanced interaction among physicians and patients. Exchange experience at UC Berkeley provided her with Sociology, Global Studies and Anthropology perspectives to delve into the social problems in American food industry, vicissitudes of Asia (especially East Asia and Southeast Asia) in the process of globalisation, and knowing China from the Anthropological approach. On account of her intense interest in cross-culture study due to her previous study and travels, and by majoring in Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy, she is eager to hold a positive and open attitude toward otherness, and to explore the role that China can play in a global context by making the best of her interdisciplinary background.
Liu Jiayueread bio
Liu Jiayue was born in Lanzhou and grew up in Hangzhou. He graduated from Zhejiang University and majored in Food Nutrition and Safety in Chu Kochen Honors College where he won various scholarships. He was involved in campus life as the Vice President of the Dancing Association of ZJU, the Deputy Minister of the Motion Picture Association of ZJU, the Deputy Minister of the student union in his college. He was also a host for the Television station of Zhejiang University. During his spare time, he was trained to be national Basketball Referee (Class III) and National Tea Art Specialist (Class V). He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary studies and is not confined to his major. At the Yenching Academy, he focuses on studying the monetary system in China and RMB globalization.
Liu Luread bio
Liu Lu, from China, graduated from the School of Economics at Peking University, majoring in economics. During her undergraduate years in Peking University, Liu Lu showed a strong sense of responsibility and leadership potential. She was the monitor of her class and the president of English Cultural and Communication Association, one of the biggest English associations in PKU. Liu Lu was also passionate about cross-cultural communication. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Chen Sheng from Stanford offered her scholarship to visit six cities across the US and engage in in-depth interactions with professors and students in Harvard, Stanford and UW, representing the School of Economics. She later led both the 2017 and 2018 teams to the US. Liu Lu focuses on the economic growth in China. She has been a research assistant for the Harvard China Gazetteer Project and has conducted field research on rural poverty alleviation in Chengde in Hebei Province. She has also completed internships in China International Capital Corporation(CICC), Siemens Management Consulting and Citibank. At the Yenching Academy, Liu Lu studies Economics and Management, and hopes to gain more knowledge and insight about China’s economic growth.