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Liu Yutongread bio
Liu Yutong is from Liaoning, China. She graduated from the School of International Relations at Xiamen University with a major in Diplomacy and a minor in English. During her undergraduate years, she was awarded the national scholarship and Outstanding Member of CCP at Xiamen University. With the immense interest in cross-cultural communication, she exchanged to National Taiwan University and the University of Leeds. Furthermore, she was responsible for a national innovation program focusing on promoting cross-strait trade and investment under the Belt & Road initiative. In addition to academic performance, she devoted herself to various organizations. She worked as Secretary of the Undergraduate CCP Branch and Director of Social Welfare Center of West Dream Association. Yutong volunteered to support education in Gansu province. As a Yenching Scholar, she researches international relations in the cross-cultural context with a specific focus on China’s implementing cooperation under the Belt & Road initiative.
Hana Lordread bio
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Hana Lord graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College in 2018. During her undergraduate career, she developed an independent major in Critical East Asian Studies, in order to study the Japanese colonial era from an interdisciplinary approach. While studying abroad at Waseda University for her junior year, she fostered her interest in studying migration patterns across the former empire, particularly focusing on Northern China. Her independent research culminated in a senior thesis reflecting on her own Japanese family’s history of migration within the colonial empire. After completing the Boone Scholars East Asian Studies Internship at the Field Museum in Chicago in the summer of 2018, she joins the Yenching Academy to study history and archaeology. By focusing on cross-cultural interactions in China in the 18th-20th centuries, Hana seeks to prepare for a career as an archivist specializing in East Asia.
Gabriel Losada Pérezread bio
Gabriel Losada Pérez was born in Barcelona and grew up in Andorra. His fascination with East Asia and Chinese language, culture and translation brought him back to Barcelona, where he graduated from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting, with Catalan, Spanish, French, English and Chinese as his working languages. Gabriel was also fortunate to study at Peking University as an exchange student, and during his final year at university he has continued focusing on his studies in Chinese language while working with a local research group and as a Chinese-Spanish translator at the Foundation Confucius Institute of Barcelona. In his free time, Gabriel runs De Camino a Pekín, a blog focused on China and its language and culture. At Yenching Academy, Gabriel concentrates in Literature and Culture and focuses on Chinese literature and poetry, translation and intercultural communication, while he continues doing research on migrant worker poetry on China, an issue he has already started doing research on in his undergraduate thesis through an interdisciplinary lens.
Ilari Mäkeläread bio
Ilari Mäkelä is originally from Helsinki, Finland. After high school, Ilari worked two years as a digital marketing entrepreneur before starting his studies in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Oxford. During his second year, Ilari was one of the two Oxford students to receive a full scholarship from the Viktor & William Fung Foundation to attend the Global Summer Program of Peking University where he studied a course in the neuroscience of cultural differences. Later, Ilari conducted his own dissertation research on the effect of culture on logical reasoning. In 2017, he graduated from Oxford with a First Class. Prior to Yenching, Ilari worked as a classroom teacher and an e-learning designer. His vision is to build global understanding through education in comparative philosophy. At the Yenching Academy, Ilari pursues this vision by concentrating in Chinese Philosophy and Religion.
Carlisle Micallefread bio
Carlisle Micallef, originally from San Jose, California, graduated Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature and a minor in History. Her undergraduate thesis involved translating a collection of Zeng Guofan’s family letters and examining his engagement with Confucian family management and the ideological challenges of his time. Carlisle has been studying the Chinese language since she lived in Singapore as a child. Her longstanding interest in Chinese studies led her study in China twice over the course of her educational career. She studied in Kunming over the summer of 2012, and in Beijing and Hangzhou over the 2016-2017 academic year. Her area of study at the Yenching Academy is Philosophy and Religion, through which she hopes to examine how traditional, western, and modern value systems are interpreted in a pluralistic, globalized Chinese environment.
Kazuki Miyazakiread bio
Born and raised in Japan, Kazuki Miyazaki graduated from Waseda University, Japan with B.A. in Social Sciences and minor in Peace Studies. During his time at the university, Kazuki studied abroad in the US and China. Besides his academic experiences, he has worked as an international election observer for Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election in 2015 through an NGO where he also assisted in election-related projects in Thailand and Myanmar. Back in Tokyo, he interned at UNDP where he contributed to public relations and public-private partnership. Kazuki loves to do what he calls ‘journalistic traveling’ in which he backpacked across dozens of countries to experience and learn about the various realities of the world. This made him particularly passionate about global affairs and working to solve them. With this aspiration to foster more stable and peaceful relations in Asia, Kazuki chooses to focus on Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy.
Dhanasree Moluguread bio
Dhanasree is an early stage investor at Blume Ventures, a leading VC firm in India, where she has led investments in emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, AR/VR. She has worked closely with start-ups and investors in US, UK, China, Singapore and Indonesia. She aims to promote cross-border knowledge transfer through her active contribution on Asia's leading tech media platforms such as YourStory, TechinAsia, etc. She is a graduate of IIT-Bombay, where she became the first female student ever to hold the highest student leadership position in academic affairs and implemented several legacy initiatives. She is also a trained Kuchipudi (an Indian classical dance) dancer and a violinist.
Amaris Olguinread bio
Amaris Olguin is from Los Angeles, CA. She studied Tibetan Buddhism at Yale College (15’) and Religion, Ethics and Politics at Harvard Divinity School (18’). In 2015-2016, Amaris was granted a Fulbright scholarship to conduct cross-cultural research at the Men-Tsee-Khang, a local clinic in Dharamsala, India. At Yenching Academy of Peking University, Amaris is taking the Politics and International Relations concentration.
Ipek Onmusread bio
Ipek Onmus, from Turkey, earned her bachelor’s degree from Koc University in Istanbul, double majoring in Media and Visual Arts along with Archaeology and History of Art. In 2013, she spent 6 weeks volunteering in Suzhou, China, which inspired her interest in this culture. The following year, she participated in exchange programs at National Taiwan University and University of Hong Kong, where she had the opportunity to learn more about Chinese arts and languages. She currently resides in Taiwan after being awarded a scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese there for nine months. At the Yenching Academy, she focuses on the History and Archaeology concentration, with the aim of exploring the historical exchange between Chinese and Turkish arts, as well as to look at the ways contemporary artists of these countries draw inspiration from traditional arts. She hopes this research can expand the scope of the cultural communication between Turkey and China.
Ethan Paulread bio
Ethan Paul, raised in the small town of Hanover, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's of Arts in political science and a minor in economics. His senior honors thesis sought to apply power transition theory to the U.S.-Sino relationship, and offered policy recommendations meant to ensure this transition is both peaceful and mutually beneficial. Ethan's primary academic interests include U.S. and Chinese grand strategy, the role that racism plays in American politics and culture, and the relationship between technological change and societal disruption. As a Yenching Scholar, Ethan researches Chinese grand strategy in the era of Trump and America's growing political dysfunction. After his time in Beijing, he hopes to work as a journalist, as a Foreign Service officer, or on Capitol Hill, and would eventually like to write his own book and run for office.