2016 Yenching Scholars
 Rebecca Arcesati

Rebecca Arcesati

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Rebecca Arcesati, from Italy, graduated with a degree in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication from Milan State University, focusing her undergraduate studies on Chinese language and culture. Following her research interests in Chinese politics and international relations, especially in Central Asia, she completed a Master’s degree in International Science, China and Global Studies at the University of Turin.  She spent half a year in China to improve her language skills at Beijing Language and Culture University and Liaoning Normal University. As a language mediator in Italy, she has been active in helping Chinese citizens integrate into the local community. Last year she interned at the Asia Pacific Financial Council, a financial organization based in Shanghai. Besides foreign policy and political philosophy, she is passionate about journalism; on the blog Spazio Economia she manages the China Analysis column, where she publishes articles and interviews about Chinese economic and social transformations, published also in major Italian newspapers. At the Yenching Academy she has chosen the Politics and International Relations concentration; her aim is to improve her understanding of China’s role in international affairs, its vision and the philosophy that inspires its diplomacy and foreign policy today. With this global perspective, domestic reforms and social changes, as well as the re-emergence of Confucian ethics, will also be part of her research.

Alessio Wei Chen

Alessio Wei Chen

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Alessio Wei Chen graduated cum laude in Political Science, minoring in Humanistic Studies, from John Cabot University in Rome. He then received an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics, where he specialized in Asia and the Pacific. His research contributes to the debate on the role of regional economic integration, nationalism and the perceptions of identities in Cross-Strait relations. An Italian national of Chinese descent, Alessio has lived in China, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Previously, he gained professional experience at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United States Embassy in Italy. He has been actively involved in the activities of Associna, the Association of Second Generation Italian-Chinese, promoting linguistic and cultural dialogue between young Italians, Chinese and Sino-Italians. His great ambition is to work for the diplomatic service representing Italian and EU interests in China. Alessio is confident that the concentration in Public Policy and International Relations at the Yenching Academy will provide a solid understanding of China to fulfil his professional aspirations. Alessio is fluent in Italian, Chinese, English, German, French and Spanish and his passion for foreign languages and cultures has also brought him to study Japanese, Arabic and Portuguese. Alessio hopes to explore his cultural heritage while studying in China and exchanging ideas with the Yenching Scholars and academics as well as the larger PKU community in Beijing.

Max-Sebastian Dovi

Max-Sebastian Dovi

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Max-Sebastian Dovì graduated from Bocconi University with a degree in Economics, and simultaneously completed a second undergraduate degree in International Relations and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, as well as a graduate diploma in Mathematics from the University of London (LSE). Max-Sebastian is a dual German-Italian citizen, growing up in both Genoa and Berlin before moving to Scotland for his studies. Building on his nine-month stay in Beijing and Shanghai as an exchange student, at the Yenching Academy he is interested in pursuing research related to the (International) Political Economy of China. More generally, he is interested in studying the likely development of trade relationships between Europe and China in a time where the two economies are becoming increasingly structurally similar and hence are (ostensibly) entering into greater competition with each other. Concretely, he is presently interested in researching the effects of China’s restructuring its economy along ‘green’ lines and the implications this will have for Sino-European environmental cooperation. He also wishes to take advantage of his stay at the Yenching Academy to improve his Chinese and become familiar with novel paradigmatic approaches to the philosophical issues he studied at St Andrews.

Sofia Ferigolli

Sofia Ferigolli

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Sofia Ferigolli is an Italian student, born in Trento, who is completing a double-binational degree in International Relations between France (at Sciences Po Bordeaux) and Italy (at the Università degli Studi of Torino). Sofia has been enrolled in an English speaking master’s program in Bordeaux, which has no equivalent in France outside Paris, and which includes a semester at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California. However, she deferred completion of this degree in order to study for a Master’s at the Yenching Academy of Peking University.  Sofia holds an Italian Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. In 2015, she presented a thesis regarding the International Dimension of Sport Practice, which focused on the process of rapprochement between China and the USA under the name of ping-pong diplomacy. The Franco-Italian program she is pursuing will provide her with four degrees: two Italian and two French. As she is focused on the field of diplomacy and international cooperation, she would like to pursue her studies at the Yenching Academy in the field of politics and international relations. Thus, her intention is to further investigate China’s public and foreign policy, which she has only slightly touched upon during her four previous years at university.