2016 Yenching Scholars
Alicia Tee

Alicia Tee

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Alicia Tee majored in Global Affairs at Yale University. She is a Singaporean citizen and will work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs upon graduation. She is interested in understanding different regions of the world, and has previously studied abroad in both Spain and Indonesia. Alicia is pursuing the Politics and International Relations concentration at the Yenching Academy. She anticipates that a well-grounded understanding of China’s domestic politics and foreign policy is critical for her future work in the Singaporean government, especially given the geographic proximity of both countries and increasing ties between China and Southeast Asia. She also hopes to explore how her identity as a Chinese-Singaporean can best be understood in relation to China, and is particularly interested in Chinese diaspora communities in Southeast Asia. In her free time, Alicia loves to run, travel, eat, and cook.

Tze Ern Teo

Tze Ern Teo

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Tze Ern Teo, born and raised in Singapore, completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Chicago, where he primarily worked on philosophical skepticism and the later Wittgenstein. At the University of Chicago, he led a student organization, GlobeMed, which fundraised and provided capacity-building support for an anti-tuberculosis grassroots NGO in Peru. He also co-founded a restorative justice program for youth on Chicago's West Side. At the Yenching Academy, he hopes to develop a deeper understanding of Chinese foreign policy and to examine the intersection between China’s philosophical heritage and its strategic culture today. After completing his studies, he will return home to serve as a diplomat for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he hopes to use what he has learnt at the Yenching Academy to build understanding within the Asia-Pacific.