2015 Yenching Scholars
Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

Ugnė Mikalajūnaitė

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Ugnė Mikalanjūnaitė studied East Asia and Korean language at Leiden University. She actively took part in university life, both academically and as a volunteer and mentor. Ugnė participated in an academic exchange with Seoul National University, which allowed her to deepen her knowledge of Korean language, economy, and politics.


Hannah Mullen

Hannah Mullen

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Hannah Mullen studied government at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her senior honors thesis examined the development of military law in the U.K., the U.S., and Canada. She won a Hoopes Prize, the most prestigious recognition of excellence in undergraduate research at Harvard. She also played varsity lacrosse and worked as a research assistant at Harvard Law School.

Edward Ngai

Edward Ngai

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Edward Ngai from Vancouver, Canada, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science. He is passionate about journalism and the quantitative analysis of politics, particularly Chinese politics and foreign policy. In Beijing, he aimed to discover his cultural heritage and better understand the nuances of Chinese law, politics, and society.

Li Ki Ng

Li Ki Ng

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Li Ki Ng studied philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford. He is interested in continental philosophy, especially the thought of Hegel and Nietzsche. While at the Yenching Academy, he critically engaged with both ancient and modern thought by comparing philosophical Daoism and Marxism.

Linh Nguyen

Linh Nguyen

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Linh Nguyen graduated from Yale College where she studied the politics of international development aid and conducted research on the social impact of urbanization in Southeast Asia. She was involved in the international student community while at Yale, serving as a counselor for incoming freshmen. Linh studied abroad in Beijing, London, and Singapore.

Sihle Nontshokweni

Sihle Nontshokweni

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Sihle Nontshokweni is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the founder of the NGO Value Added Today for Tomorrow, and the SMME Three-legged-Pot. In 2014, she was selected as 1 of 15 youth leaders for the prestigious South African Washington International Program, and was the recipient of the inaugural Thembi Losi Leadership and Legacy Award. Sihle was also selected for the Pepeta Women Zimbabwe program and was chosen to represent South Africa in the Euro-BRICS young leaders' summit held in Helsinki, Finland. She has worked as a researcher for Democracy in Africa Research Unit and plans to pursue a DPhil in Education Entrepreneurship upon completing her studies at the Yenching Academy. 


Will Otter

Will Otter

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Will Otter studied law and East Asia at Rice University. Will is interested in corporate law and wishes to become a corporate attorney specializing in legal work on transactions between American and Chinese companies. 


Kyle Painter

Kyle Painter

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Kyle Painter studied history and East Asian studies at the University of Chicago, and Chinese language at the Inter-University Program in Tsinghua University on a Blakemore-Freeman fellowship. His interests revolve around Chinese business and foreign relations.

Alex Palmer

Alex Palmer

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Alex Palmer graduated from Harvard College with a degree in social studies and a language citation in Spanish. Alex has extensive experience of working with street children, orphans and child refugees in Venezuela, the West Bank, Nepal, and Kenya. He also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and a newspaper in Myanmar.

Qin Zihan

Qin Zihan

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Qin Zihan completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Law at Zhejiang University, where he was the Law School’s top student, graduating with numerous academic honors. Up to now, he has undertaken several long-term internships in well-established law firms and securities companies. He holds the Securities Qualification Certificate and Shanghai Interpretation Certificate of Intermediate Level. In the future, he wants to work in financial services or international exchange organizations.