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Diliaram Azizbaevaread bio
Diliaram Azizbaeva graduated from Middle East Technical University, where she studied psychology. She is fluent in Russian, Kyrgyz, English, Turkish, and currently on her way to mastering Chinese. During her undergraduate years, she has always been interested in understanding the rationale behind social inequalities. Several internships and volunteer works with minority groups have confirmed her intent to continue working within this field. At the Yenching Academy, Diliaram plans to educate herself further on these issues in the context of China with its broader conceptualization of diversity in social inequalities, after which she plans to begin a career as a social activist against discrimination and inequalities by implementing policy-making programs in society.
Sudarshana Chandaread bio
Sudarshana Chanda graduated with a BA in History from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She was awarded the Amba Dalmia Prize for Creative Talent and Commitment to College, the Faculty Prize for All Round Excellence and a Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Department of History. She was selected to join the Young India Fellowship Programme and subsequently the Ashoka Research and Teaching Fellowship. She has worked as a teaching assistant to celebrated scholars such as Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Nayanjot Lahiri. Music is her first love and though she holds a diploma in Rabindrasangeet and Indian Classical Music, she has a two-year-old performance career as a jazz singer in New Delhi. Her interests and work experience range from art and film-making to writing and music. Her connection with China dates back to memorable excursions during childhood to Tiretti Bazaar, the old Chinatown in Calcutta, her hometown. At Yenching Academy she is studying Literature and Culture and hopes to research Children’s Literature in China, New Wave Cinema, and Chinese music, and to establish channels of cultural exchange between China and India.
Wen-Ling Chaoread bio
Hailing from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wen-Ling Chao graduated from the Chiao Tung University, with a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. Wen-Ling’s ancestry traces back to the Shandong province of Mainland China, from which her grandparents departed for Taiwan in 1949. Wen-Ling’s inherent interest in the social identity of Taiwan and the Mainland, both on a personal and societal level, propelled her to become an exchange student at Fudan University in 2014. Her preoccupation with social issues has not been limited to the academic world. As the chief executive of the Educational Support Group for Poor Rural Children and co-founder of the Social Enterprise Thinking Club in her college, she led more than 50 students in various social service initiatives to benefit disadvantaged children and farmers in Taiwan. Wen-Ling has also hosted many activities, such as the Forum for Post 90s, where nearly 200 students from Mainland China developed a better understanding of Taiwan’s socio-politics. To her, peaceful Cross-Strait exchanges have begun, and the communication cannot stop. To continually deepen mutual understanding between the younger generations of Taiwan and the Mainland is of vital importance. She has promoted this proposition on various platforms, the value of which was recognized in the Taiwan Best Policy Open Tournament, where her proposal emerged as one of the finalists. Inspired by her time as an intern at the office of the ex-municipal chairman of the Kaohsiung City Council, Wen-Ling plans to explore at the Yenching Academy issues concerning the Asia-Pacific, specifically Cross-Strait Relations.
Chen Zhuangread bio
Chen Zhuang is studying Korean and Economics at Peking University and spent one semester studying at Hanyang University in South Korea as an exchange student. As the Chair of the Peking University China-Korea Communication Association, he helped organize the PKU International Cultural Festival. He has been involved in a research project on China’s water reform and water rights market jointly initiated by the University of Victoria and the Central University of Finance and Economics. At the Yenching Academy, he plans to combine the knowledge he has learned during his undergraduate studies with China Studies theories to investigate the problems China faces developing Sino-Korea trade and take advantage of this opportunity for cross-cultural exchange.
Deng Chengchengread bio
Deng Chengcheng studied Social Work at Sun Yat-Sen University. As an undergraduate, she was awarded many scholarships, including the National Scholarship and the Outstanding Student Scholarship. While at SYSU, she was also actively involved in university life as the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Youth League, and hosted several large-scale events and competitions, such as the Social Survey Competition and a cultural exploration activity in Guangdong Province. Deng’s academic interests include social stratification, social inequity and social mobility.
Ding Lingxiaoread bio
Ding Lingxiao graduated from Peking University with a double major in International Political Economy and Economics. His research interests focused on China’s economic transition and the government’s role in it. At the Yenching Academy he is strengthening his multi-disciplinary background in economics and politics by furthering his research on China and gaining solid insight into the prospects for the country’s economic transition.
Gökhan Erread bio
Gökhan Er studied Economics at Boğazici University, Istanbul, with a minor in International Relations and Political Science. At Boğaziçi, he actively participated in the school newspaper as editor-in-chief, and interned at NGOs such as Transparency International. He later became a Confucius Institute Scholar in Shanghai University’s non-degree Chinese language program. His interest in Chinese culture is not only limited to linguistics. He also focuses on the media landscape in China and the political economy of Asia-Pacific countries too. Gökhan is pursuing his interest in international relations and politics through his studies at the Yenching Academy.
Yagmur Ersanread bio
Yagmur Ersan received her B.S. degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and also received her M.A. degree from the same university and department. Yagmur has worked on China-Africa relations within the context of South-South cooperation, and as a case study she focused on China-South African relations in her dissertation. She has worked at the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), which is one of the largest and most well-known think tanks in Turkey. She has also studied Chinese at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Her main areas of interest are Chinese foreign policy, energy politics, and Asian affairs. At the Yenching Academy, she is focusing on Chinese Foreign Policy.
Danit Galread bio
Danit Gal is a Project Assistant Professor at the Cyber Civilization Research Center at the Keio University Global Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. Her work centers around global strategic technology planning to maximize shared social benefit. She also chairs the IEEE P7009 standard on the Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems. She is an Associate Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, and an Affiliate at the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University and at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Prior to joining Keio, Danit was a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and International Strategic Advisor to the iCenter at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Among her current projects is an ongoing study of the unanticipated consequences of conversational AI under the Association of Pacific Rim Universities - Google research project 'AI for Everyone: Building Trust in and Benefiting from the Technology’.
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.