• Daniel Daniel De Oliveira Vasconcelos

    Daniel De Oliveira Vasconcelos

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    Daniel Vasconcelos studied Political Science at the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. He was an academic member of two research groups headed by leading Brazilian professors, for which he studied International Relations Theory, International Law, and Society. His undergraduate thesis on international cooperation issues focused more particularly on the cooperation between Brazil and African states. After graduating, he moved to Canada, where he volunteered to teach Brazilian culture and Portuguese for a university club at Thompson Rivers University. Upon his return to Brazil, he enrolled in a Postgraduate Program in Diplomatic Studies at the International Law Center (Cedin), and wrote his thesis on the domestic sources of Chinese Foreign Policy, analyzing Chinese society, the Chinese political system, and Chinese leadership bios. During this time, he also worked as a teacher for the American School of Belo Horizonte, lecturing on Brazilian history and geography. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to improve his Chinese and broaden his knowledge of China, especially Chinese politics, society and the country’s relations with the rest of the world.

  • Machado Lívia Machado Costa

    Lívia Machado Costa

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    Raised in the Brazilian Amazon Region, Lívia Machado Costa studied International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) where, driven by her persistent curiosity, she found herself studying more than the traditional curriculum and frequenting classes of urbanism, gender and sexuality, and photography. Her interest in China flourished when she received a scholarship to study Mandarin at the Communication University of China. While in Beijing, Lívia had a deep understanding about how culturally rich, socially complex, innovative and politically challenging this country is. She traveled to many provinces, from the northern province of Inner Mongolia to the southern province of Yunnan, in the city of Jing Hong. On her return to Brazil, she wrote an undergraduate thesis about Brazil and China’s action in Angola and Mozambique in the 21st Century. As Lívia started connecting the dots, her socio-economic origins, the international position of her country as a developing one with a South voice and her experiences in China, she decided to choose Politics and International Relations as her research area at the Yenching Academy. Her aims are to enhance the cooperation between Brazil and China through education and to be a shaper of her community. Lívia believes that imagination is a key element to change the world.