2016 Yenching Scholars
Wu Yifan

Wu Yifan

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Wu Yifan was born and raised in Beijing, China. Both his parents are Beijingers, and he knows Beijing culture to the core. Wu Yifan attended Peking University, where he majored in International Relations. His passion for intercultural communication has led him to Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore, where he attended several forums focused on youth political leadership. Wu has worked for educational projects in China’s rural areas. His interests include basketball, travelling and movies. At the Yenching Academy, he is concentrating in Politics and International Relations.

Céline Si Xu

Céline Si Xu

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Céline Si Xu graduated from Mines ParisTech where she studied Science and Executive Engineering, with a minor in supply chain management. After graduation, Céline worked as a consultant, which enabled her to gain valuable experience in international project management.  During this period, she contributed to several transformation programs in France, the U.S., Congo-Brazzaville, Thailand, Dubai, as well as China. Her assignments raised her awareness about cultural gaps and confirmed her intuition about their negative impacts on efficiency, if misunderstood. As China is now the 2nd largest economy in the world, bridging gaps between China and the rest of the world is a critical issue. As Céline defines herself as a Sino-French representative, she feels that she has much to contribute. At the Yenching Academy, she will deepen her understanding of China from a global perspective, with a particular focus on Economics and Management. Céline was born in China and currently lives in France.

Xu Rui

Xu Rui

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Xu Rui studied law and ideological and political education at the China University of Political Science and Law. She has published two articles in the Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index, and was awarded numerous national scholarships for her academic achievements. Xu spent two semesters as an exchange student at Taipei University and Nankai University. Her internship experience includes working for CCTV, in court, and for Baidu and Tencent. Her academic interests lie mainly in international human rights law and the politics of international development. Xu’s goal is to be a researcher in international court, contributing to the protection of women and children.

Xu Shuyu

Xu Shuyu

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Xu Shuyu studied ancient Chinese literature at the Advanced Institute of Confucian Studies of Shandong University. In the past few years, she was awarded the Scholarship for Student Excellence and the Shandong Province Scholarship for Radio and Television based on her academic performance and news reporting abilities. Xu is an active volunteer. She has volunteered at the 3rd Nishan World Civilization Forum, the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences, the 24th World Memory Championships, and other events. She was awarded the title of Excellent Member of the Communist Youth League and Excellent Volunteer of Shandong Province on multiple occasions. Xu has also served as the President of the Nishan College Student Union and the leading singer in the college chorus. She has gained an understanding of ancient Chinese civilization through studying literature, history and philosophy. At the Yenching Academy, she is focusing on social sciences, and politics in particular, to equip herself with a comprehensive understanding of China’s development.

Xu Yang

Xu Yang

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Xu Yang graduated from the Yuanpei College of Peking University, where she majored in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She has done in-depth research on China’s growth pattern from the perspective of political economics, sponsored by the President’s Fund, and was lead author for this research. Xu Yang has also served as a delegate of the Student Union of Peking University’s Standing Committee, President of the Peking University Student Union, and President of the Philosophy of Political Economics Association. She has interned at the China Securities Regulatory Commission and at a well-known law firm. Xu Yang has been honored as an “Outstanding Beijing Student Cadre” among other honors and awards.

Zhang Lu

Zhang Lu

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Zhang Lu graduated from Peking University with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese language and Economics. He was named a Merit Student for excellent academic performance in 2012-2013, and received the Award for Contribution to Student Organizations in the 2014-2015 academic year. Zhang visited Japan as a member of the National Delegation of Excellent Undergraduates in 2015. He is interested in China's outbound mergers and acquisitions, and plans to write his thesis on China's M&A in Japan. Zhang’s career goal is to work in a private equity firm or the strategic investment department of a leading Internet company.

Zoe Zhang

Zoe Zhang

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Zoe Zhang graduated from Princeton University in 2016, where she majored in East Asian Studies and completed a thesis on the history of caterpillar fungus and the concept of “wonder drugs” in Chinese medicine from the 18th-century to the present day. A lifelong resident of the United States, she began studying Chinese history at Princeton, where she focused on topics at the intersection of Qing history, Chinese frontier history, and material culture. Zoe previously spent a semester studying advanced Chinese at the Inter-University Program at Tsinghua, and has also interned as a Public Relations Assistant at the Sichuan Provincial Museum. At the Yenching Academy, Zoe hopes to continue studying Qing history while completing a Master’s Thesis on the political economy of the Yunnan tea industry amidst rural land reform in the late 20th century.

Zhao Zhenyao

Zhao Zhenyao

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Zhao Zhenyao graduated from Shandong University with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She studied in Nishan College, where she was involved in a systematic study of ancient Chinese literature, history and philosophy and won numerous academic honors. Zhenyao was an exchange student to the Chengchi University in Taiwan. This year, she was invited to attend the Youth Leader Workshop in Taipei to focus on the relationship between Mainland China and Taiwan. In the future, she plans to devote herself to promoting the development of Chinese culture.

Zhong Jing

Zhong Jing

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Zhong Jing studied governance and economics at Peking University, and was nominated as a 2014 Peking University Top Ten Volunteer. While at PKU, he received the National Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship, and Leo Ko Guan Scholarship for Academic Excellence. His research has focused on the rural development of modern China. At the Yenching Academy, Zhong is pursuing his interest in regional development.

Zhou Tianyao

Zhou Tianyao

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Zhou Tianyao graduated from the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), where he majored in English Language and Literature. He was named Outstanding Student of the Year in 2013 and 2014 (awarded to the top 0.1% of USTB students). Zhou was Chairman of the Student Union in the School of Foreign Studies and the founder of the USTB Debate Club. He was formerly a member of the Student Union Committee and was Athletic Services Supervisor for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games badminton competition. Zhou was the champion in the Beijing division of an English drama contest hosted by CCTV. He has completed a National Social Science Fund Project: “A Comparison of Formulaic Sequences in Native and Non-Native Academic Writing,” and has also translated the English novel The Fire and the Gold and a poetry collection, Rupert Brooke's Poems, published by Yilin Press.