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.

Ekaterina Tchebotareva

Ekaterina Tchebotareva

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Ekaterina (Kat) Tchebotareva was born in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Kat graduated with honours from Harvard University, where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics (“Social Studies”). At Harvard, her undergraduate thesis looked at the Sovereignty Implications of the Basic Law of Hong Kong, as the intersection of law, sovereignty theory, and East Asian history. Her thesis and corresponding defense were recommended for magna cum laude. To gather the requisite research, Kat travelled to Hong Kong as a Fung Foundation Scholar - where she conducted nearly 40 interviews with local professors and academics. Aside from her thesis work, she spent a summer studying French while living with a Parisian host family (as a David Rockefeller Grant Recipient), and completed coursework at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Law School. At Yenching Academy, Kat’s dissertation seeks to understand Chinese sharing-economy regulations via identifying best practices by foreign entrants such as Uber and Airbnb. She has also partnered with three fellow Yenching Scholars and the Dean of the PKU School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in designing the course “Venturing Into China: Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21st Century”, offered at the Academy for the first time in Spring 2017.