2015 Yenching Scholars
Liu Chang

Liu Chang

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Liu Chang studied culture, communication, and teaching Chinese as a second language at the University of International Relations in Beijing. Interested in language acquisition and teaching, he was previously involved in projects researching second language teaching environments and intercultural communication competence. 


Liu Xiaolin

Liu Xiaolin

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Liu Xiaolin graduated from Beijing Normal University with a thesis focusing on Aristotle. Her academic interest is in ethics and moral philosophy, and she spent her time at the Yenching Academy broadening her knowledge of philosophy. In the future, Xiaolin would like to become a governmental civil servant and influence policy making in China.

Lin Meng-chieh

Lin Meng-chieh

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Lin Meng-chieh received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Taiwan University. She was also a General Course student in the London School of Economics’ IR Department. Her academic interests lie mainly in late imperial Chinese History and contemporary China with a focus on the impact of regime types on elite recruitment and the role of returnee-turned-officials in democratic transition. At the Yenching Academy, her thesis focused on China’s position in the international political system, the developmental process, and the history of China in comparative perspective to further examine some other cases within East Asia. In the future, she wants to devote herself to Area Studies, especially in East Asia and Asia-Pacific.

Laya Maheshwari

Laya Maheshwari

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Laya Maheshwari is a graduate of St. Xaviers College in Mumbai and the London School of Economics. A published journalist, he was invited to attend the 2015 St. Galen's Symposium as one of 200 'Leaders of Tomorrow' and he chaired the Executive Organizing Committee for the 2016 Yenching Global Symposium at Peking University.


Naoya Matsumoto

Naoya Matsumoto

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Naoya Matsumoto studied architectural design, urban planning, and regional development at Kyoto University. He was involved in multinational post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Japan and China, notably following the Fukushima disaster in 2013 and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province. Naoya spent his time at the Yenching Academy researching urban and regional planning from a comparative perspective, focusing especially on the transformation of Beijing’s urban spaces.

Ma Xiaofei

Ma Xiaofei

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Ma Xiaofei graduated from the Advanced Institute of Confucian Studies at Shandong University where she was involved in a systematic study of ancient Chinese literature. Her main academic focus in on the history of culture and thought in Pre-Qin China. She participated in the 2013 National Academic Forum for Undergraduates of Chinese Classics, and was involved in several programs of proofreading ancient books at Shandong University.

Joe Mazur

Joe Mazur

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Joe Mazur graduated from Harvard College where he studied history and East Asian studies. At Harvard, he was actively involved in multiple initiatives promoting leadership, history, diplomacy, and U.S.-China relations. His previous academic work focused on the British Army Aid Group, a Hong Kong-based British resistance organization formed during the Japanese occupation. 

Thuthukile Mbanjwais

Thuthukile Mbanjwais

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Thuthukile Mbanjwais studied civil engineering and infrastructure management at the University of Cape Town. She gained practical experience in her field, researching the deterioration mechanisms of infrastructure, and by looking at the sustainability of engineering solutions. Her previous work has been applied to infrastructural solutions in South Africa. Thuthu’s interest lies in the lessons developing African countries can learn from China.

Meng Yiran

Meng Yiran

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Meng Yiran studied governance and Chinese language and literature at Peking University. Her past research focused on a new-energy vehicle, and her internship experience includes work in university publishing, governmental sector, and public relations. In the future, Yiran would like to work in the area of international communications, either as a civil servant or as part of a consulting firm.


Miao Shujin

Miao Shujin

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Miao Shujin majored in News and Communications at Nanjing University and also studied at Osaka University. She is now fluent in Japanese and conversant in Korean. Shujin is a contributor to People's Daily and has interned at Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation. She won First Prize at the Academic Paper Forum in Nanjing University for her comparative research between Japanese and Chinese newspapers, and was invited to give a speech at Beijing Foreign Studies University. (…) She was also invited to attend the Forum for American and Chinese Exchange at Stanford in the United States.