2016 Yenching Scholars
Dongwoo Kim

Dongwoo Kim

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Dongwoo was born and raised in South Korea, but has mostly lived abroad, spending almost ten years in Nicaragua before moving to Dayton, Ohio, and then to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dongwoo studied History and Political Science at the University of Alberta, and in August 2016 he completed his Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship holder. Academically, Dongwoo is interested in the cross-section between culture and politics. He is studying Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy, with the goal of one day contributing towards a more constructive relationship between Canada and East Asia. Dongwoo has contributed to academic and non-academic publications, including The Globe and Mail, and he hopes to further engage in public debates in the future. Dongwoo is grateful for his family, friends, and professors at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia for their support and encouragement. Nothing would have been possible or meaningful without them.

Moritz Kleinaltenkamp

Moritz Kleinaltenkamp

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Moritz Kleinaltenkamp, from Berlin, Germany, studied Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin, where he grew especially interested in topics of International Political Economy. His thesis, which his university published as part of their Papers on International Political Economy, used Berlin’s American-style startup industry as a backdrop to analyze the interaction of differing institutional settings. Alongside his undergraduate studies, Moritz gained experience working as a student assistant at Freie Universität Berlin and in an IT consulting firm. While at the Yenching Academy, he wishes to study China’s institutional setting and research the impact of increasingly automated production systems on the country’s economy.

Tuulia Koivistoinen

Tuulia Koivistoinen

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Tuulia Koivistoinen studied International Relations at King’s College London. Originally from a small town in Finland, she has also lived in Japan and has had an internship in China. At the Yenching Academy, she hopes to expand her knowledge of Chinese urban transformations building on her undergraduate dissertation on the reform of the Chinese household registration system.

Jason Jung Jae Kwon

Jason Jung Jae Kwon

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Jason Kwon, or Jung Jae Kwon, is a graduate of Harvard University, where he majored in political science with a focus on international relations. He is originally from Seoul, South Korea. Jason served two years in the South Korean army as a mechanic and deployed to South Sudan as a United Nations peacekeeper. In South Sudan, he was a translator and a member of the Civil-Military Coordination team. After he finishes his studies at the Yenching Academy, Jason is scheduled to begin his Ph.D. studies in MIT’s Security Studies Program within the Political Science Department. His research interests broadly encompass East Asian Security, U.S.-China relations, and East African conflicts. He has previously published two articles in undergraduate academic journals on international relations. At the Yenching Academy, Jason is concentrating in Politics and International Relations, while focusing on patterns in China’s historical and current foreign policy behaviors. One of his most important goals at Yenching is to improve his Chinese. Jason wants to use the experience at Yenching as a stepping stone for his training and potential career in academia. In his spare time, Jason loves to play sports. Baseball is his favorite thing, and he also likes to cook and explore different cuisines. In China, Jason intends to challenge himself with as many exotic dishes as possible.

Elek Lane

Elek Lane

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Elek Lane hails from the U.S., having grown up in Wisconsin, one of its northerly states. After spending his childhood alternating between swimming and skating Wisconsin's many rivers and lakes, he moved to Chicago, where he spent four years studying at the University of Chicago. His major academic focus was philosophy, but he is also interested in the history of islands, the horror of embodiment, and the blues. At the Yenching Academy, his field of study is Philosophy and Religion. Deeply perplexed by the world and the people in it, Elek has found himself drawn to philosophy (and other forms of philosophical thinking) as a way of trying to understand it all. Some thinkers in whom he has developed a special kind of fascination are Kierkegaard, Beckett, Mencius, Hitchcock, and Wittgenstein, as well as many teachings from the Tao Te Ching and of Tiantai Buddhism. He finds that studying the Tao illuminates certain aspects of Wittgenstein - which in turn illuminates certain aspects of the Tao, and so on. For example, Wittgenstein's claim that his own writing is meaningless, that its purpose is to get one to 'see rightly', can be interestingly compared to the opening of the Tao: "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao". He intends to continue pursuing interests such as these at the Yenching Academy.

Rosie Levine

Rosie Levine

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Rosie Levine’s interest in China began at a very early age – she lived in Beijing as a child. Since returning to America at age nine, she has been striving to understand and reconnect to her second home.  This path led her to pursue degrees in History, Asian Languages & Cultures and Museum Studies at the University of Michigan. She focused her studies on U.S. popular culture, modern Chinese history, cultural heritage and public history. Her studies culminated in her undergraduate honors thesis on U.S. popular culture reactions to the Boxer Rebellion, focusing on how Americans came to understand China during that time. She graduated with High Honors and Highest Distinction in May of 2014. After graduation, Rosie moved back to Beijing where she worked doing research and preparing exhibits for a gallery that collects old maps and photographs of Beijing. She then worked for the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center - a Chinese NGO that works to preserve, protect and promote the unique cultural heritage of Beijing. She is pursuing the History & Archeology field of study at the Yenching Academy to continue to grow her passion in Chinese history and culture.

Alix Xianthe Mary Lewis

Alix Xianthe Mary Lewis

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Alix Lewis hails from Trinidad and Tobago. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College in the United States, with a degree in Economics and a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. She served as a Student Government senator, the International Students’ organisation President,  the Caribbean Students’ organisation President, and Wellesley Rugby captain. At the Yenching Academy, she plans to concentrate in Politics and International Relations. She has a particular interest in developing island nations, having spent parts of her life in different islands including Barbados, Hong Kong, Cape Verde, and New Zealand. She hopes to delve into renewable energy development, particularly how they are harnessed in developing countries. With China as one of the world's growing assertive influencers in renewable energy, she is keen to learn how China's green transition can help other developing nations, such as her own, transition more sustainably. After her time in China, she looks forward to returning to her home country, and working on issues related to energy and social development.

Li Sicong

Li Sicong

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Li Sicong completed his LL.B. in the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University in 2016. At Nankai, he focused on the regional policy and governance innovations of China and participated in four research projects. One of his papers was published in a core journal. His GPA ranked first in the Department of Public Administration, and he received the Baosteel Scholarship, Global Times Scholarship and First Class Scholarship of Nankai University for his academic performance and social work. Li has a passion for taking part in community and public service activities. He was the Vice-President of Student Government and a volunteer for several large events and social work programs. Beyond political science, Li is a sports fanatic and loves cities. At the Yenching Academy, he is focusing on the Economics and Management concentration, and hopes to research entrepreneurship and regional economic development.

Lin Dan

Lin Dan

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Lin Dan studied international politics at Xiamen University. She has received many honors for her academic performance, including the National Scholarship and the Outstanding Merit Student Award of Xiamen University. Lin was an exchange student at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan for one semester and spent one year studying at the University of Amsterdam. In 2014, she was one of the youngest participants in the Peking University-University of Chicago Summer Institute on IR Theory and Method. Lin’s primary academic interest is US-China relations. At the Yenching Academy, Lin would like to focus on social stratification and social mobility in contemporary China.