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Junyang Ngread bio
Junyang Ng was born in Singapore, and studied at the University of Dundee, where he graduated with distinction, majoring in European Studies and Philosophy. Always seeking the most fitting place to explore his interests, Junyang spent one semester at Sciences Po (Grenoble), where he focused on the question of national identity, and one semester at Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, where he examined psychological concepts derived from Nietzsche's works. He now resides in Frascati, Italy, where he received a scholarship from Accademia Vivarium Novum (AVN) to study the ancient Roman and Greek civilisations through their literature and philosophy, and to reflect on the humanist tradition through neo-Latin works. Aligning himself with the goal of AVN, Junyang dreams of a new Renaissance, where a moral and learned society would form part of the solution to global problems faced today. Junyang is currently researching the "accommodation method" employed by early European missionaries in China. He admires the missionaries’ humility and their depth of understanding of a culture so foreign to their own, which, together with the openness and generosity of the Chinese mandarins and emperors, eventually led to a meaningful East-West exchange of ideas and technology. Junyang hopes to take this research further while at Yenching, and to consider how the "accommodation method" can be applied in a secular manner to today's globalising society. Junyang aspires to be like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whom he looks up to as not only a brilliant poet, but a perspicacious philosopher, a tireless scientist, and a great statesman.
Kenneth Sngread bio
Kenneth Sng, born and raised in Singapore, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in economics and mathematics. In college, Kenneth faced an existential crisis when his classmates couldn’t pronounce his vowel-less last name. He has served as Student Body President at WashU and introduced the second 2016 U.S. Presidential Debate. Apart from student government, he was active with Residential Life, Delta Sigma Pi and Singapore Students’ Association. He is also a recipient of the Weidenbaum Award for Excellence and the Singapore Public Service Commission Scholarship. As a Yenching Scholar, Kenneth looks forward to studying in Beijing and meeting bright young leaders from all over the world. Kenneth aspires to a career in public service and has interned in the St. Louis Mayor’s Office, Singapore Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance.