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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.
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.