2015 Yenching Scholars
Héctor Zavala Guzmán

Héctor Zavala Guzmán

read bio

Héctor Zavala Guzmán studied management at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Héctor’s aspiration is to work for the Mexican Foreign Service. While studying at the Yenching Academy he was able to deepen his understanding of Chinese diplomacy and foreign policy.

Julia Hammer

Julia Hammer

read bio

Julia Hammer studied East Asian studies and theater at Princeton University. Before joining the Yenching Academy, Julia worked at the Public Theater in New York and with an off-Broadway production. Julia spent her time at the Yenching Academy studying international relations, focusing especially on the rise of international co-productions in the Chinese film industry and their role as a vehicle for Chinese soft power.

Han Xin

Han Xin

read bio

Han Xin studied English and international relations at Shandong University. As an undergraduate, she won many scholarships, such as the National Scholarship and National Encouragement Scholarship. Academically, she is interested in political sociology, contemporary Chinese social inequality, grass-root democracy, and the concept of political trust.

Katrin Heilmann

Katrin Heilmann

read bio

Katrin M. Heilmann graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA (hons) in Chinese and History. At Yenching Academy she is specializing in Politics and International Relations. She spent three months in Shanghai researching Chinese civil defence in connection with the Third Line Policy 1956-70 and is writing her thesis on the role of scientists in China’s evolving position on disarmament and non-proliferation, 1974-1997. Her wider research interests include Chinese nuclear history and strategy, Sino-European relations during the Cold War and Chinese foreign policy. 

Anders Hjortshøj

Anders Hjortshøj

read bio

Anders Hjortshøj graduated from the University of Copenhagen where he completed a degree in Russian Studies. His ambition is to contribute to intercultural dialogue by translating Chinese and Russian literature into his mother tongue: Danish. 

Jacob Holliday

Jacob Holliday

read bio

Jacob Holliday graduated from the University of Oxford where he studied philosophy, politics, and economics. At Oxford, he was actively involved in his college community, serving on committees, and being part of the welfare team. Jacob’s academic and research interest is in the politics of China. At the Yenching Academy, he concentrated particularly on China’s recent economic development.

Huang Dawei

Huang Dawei

read bio

Huang Dawei studied philosophy at Fudan University where he was also involved in popularizing musicals among university audiences. With a keen interest in music, Dawei wishes to become a leader in this sector in China. His project at the Yenching Academy applied a comparative perspective to the development of Chinese musicals over the last fifteen years.

Michelle Huang

Michelle Huang

read bio

Michelle Huang graduated from Cornell University where she pursued her interest in international textile trade, labor relations, and law. After graduating, Michelle was a Luce Scholar with a Cambodia-based legal NGO where she created a training course for factory workers aimed at developing knowledge of the labor law and cultivating negotiation and communication skills. 


Anastasiia Ilina

Anastasiia Ilina

read bio

Anastasiia Ilina graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University where she majored in Oriental Studies. She pursued her academic interests in Buddhism, modern Tibetan literature, and the linguistics of East Asia, completing a thesis on Tibetan poetry. 

Myung Jee Jang

Myung Jee Jang

read bio

Myung Jee Jang graduated from Sungkyunkwan University where she pursued her interest in the role of economics in explaining complex social phenomena. While at the Yenching Academy she got a firmer grasp on China’s economy, and focused her research on the factors leading to different economic development models across Asia and the transferability of such models. She would like to contribute to Chinese-Korean economic ties in the future.