2016 Yenching Scholars
Wen-Ling Chao

Wen-Ling Chao

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Hailing from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wen-Ling Chao graduated from the Chiao Tung University, with a degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. Wen-Ling’s ancestry traces back to the Shandong province of Mainland China, from which her grandparents departed for Taiwan in 1949. Wen-Ling’s inherent interest in the social identity of Taiwan and the Mainland, both on a personal and societal level, propelled her to become an exchange student at Fudan University in 2014. Her preoccupation with social issues has not been limited to the academic world. As the chief executive of the Educational Support Group for Poor Rural Children and co-founder of the Social Enterprise Thinking Club in her college, she led more than 50 students in various social service initiatives to benefit disadvantaged children and farmers in Taiwan. Wen-Ling has also hosted many activities, such as the Forum for Post 90s, where nearly 200 students from Mainland China developed a better understanding of Taiwan’s socio-politics. To her, peaceful Cross-Strait exchanges have begun, and the communication cannot stop. To continually deepen mutual understanding between the younger generations of Taiwan and the Mainland is of vital importance. She has promoted this proposition on various platforms, the value of which was recognized in the Taiwan Best Policy Open Tournament, where her proposal emerged as one of the finalists. Inspired by her time as an intern at the office of the ex-municipal chairman of the Kaohsiung City Council, Wen-Ling plans to explore at the Yenching Academy issues concerning the Asia-Pacific, specifically Cross-Strait Relations.

Chen Zhuang

Chen Zhuang

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Chen Zhuang is studying Korean and Economics at Peking University and spent one semester studying at Hanyang University in South Korea as an exchange student. As the Chair of the Peking University China-Korea Communication Association, he helped organize the PKU International Cultural Festival. He has been involved in a research project on China’s water reform and water rights market jointly initiated by the University of Victoria and the Central University of Finance and Economics. At the Yenching Academy, he plans to combine the knowledge he has learned during his undergraduate studies with China Studies theories to investigate the problems China faces developing Sino-Korea trade and take advantage of this opportunity for cross-cultural exchange.

Deng Chengcheng

Deng Chengcheng

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Deng Chengcheng studied Social Work at Sun Yat-Sen University. As an undergraduate, she was awarded many scholarships, including the National Scholarship and the Outstanding Student Scholarship. While at SYSU, she was also actively involved in university life as the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Youth League, and hosted several large-scale events and competitions, such as the Social Survey Competition and a cultural exploration activity in Guangdong Province. Deng’s academic interests include social stratification, social inequity and social mobility.

Ding Lingxiao

Ding Lingxiao

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Ding Lingxiao graduated from Peking University with a double major in International Political Economy and Economics. His research interests focused on China’s economic transition and the government’s role in it. At the Yenching Academy he is strengthening his multi-disciplinary background in economics and politics by furthering his research on China and gaining solid insight into the prospects for the country’s economic transition.

Hou Jia

Hou Jia

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Hou Jia grew up in Tianjin, China. She attended the University of International Business and Economics, where she majored in English Translation and Interpretation (Economy and Trade). She was awarded a full scholarship to be a visiting scholar in Sydney, Australia, and has been awarded the National Scholarship, Guanghua Scholarship, First-Class Scholarship, and many prizes for speech contests, English negotiation, and more. Hou Jia also ranked among the top in international-style ballroom dance competitions, hosting competitions, and singing competitions. She was the only female student host of the 2013 International Youth Organization Forum & Beijing Sister City Youth Camp Welcome Dinner. She has served as Director of the UIBE TV Station, Vice President of Willis Towers Watson Campus Club, and as a part-time model and dance instructor. At the Yenching Academy, Hou Jia is focusing on Chinese economy and management.

Hu Xiaoyi

Hu Xiaoyi

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Hu Xiaoyi majored in history at Nanjing University. She was awarded the National Scholarship and Outstanding Student award, as well as other academic honors from the university. Xiaoyi endeavors to share Chinese culture in real-world settings. She has attended many intercultural exchanges, including a London global study tour, summer school at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Asia-Pacific Rim Leadership Program in Malaysia. She has also volunteered to teach Chinese culture at a primary school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and was interviewed by Xinhua Daily, which published an article about the experience. Throughout her trips, Xiaoyi encountered both love and misunderstanding of Chinese culture, which has strengthened her resolve to promote intercultural exchange.

Jiang Anji

Jiang Anji

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Jiang Anji has twice been named one of the “Top Ten Elites” of Wuhan University, where she majored in English. She was the youngest head of the Wuhan University TV Station and Vice-Chairman of the Student Union. She has interviewed celebrities, including Nobel Prize winners. She has participated in a forum on relations between major world powers, receiving recognition from the Central Government think tank. Jiang Anji has traveled Southwestern China to promote Wuhan University and has worked to coordinate cooperation between Wuhan University and Spanish universities. She has completed three research projects and hosted a Diplomatic Salon at her university. She was awarded First Prize in the National College TV Awards for programs that she personally designed and directed, and placed first in Wuhan University’s “Speak for the World Mock News Anchor Competition.” Anji was featured in a news piece that received 100 thousand views in its first day online. The story was picked up by dozens of media organizations, including Xinhua News Agency and People’s Daily online. Anji’s goal is to devote herself to global governance.

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.

Liu Ruoxi

Liu Ruoxi

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At Zhejiang University, Liu Ruoxi has pursued her BA in French Language and Culture while simultaneously studying politics and sociology. She has been involved in university life working for the Office of International Affairs, and received several scholarships. Ruoxi was honored as an Excellent Graduate of Zheijang Province. She has participated in two exchange programs at UC Berkeley and Sciences Po Paris, through which she discovered her passion for immigration studies. She has conducted research concerning Asians on the West Coast of the US and African immigrants at Canton, and has successfully conducted a research project regarding Wenzhou immigrants in Paris. At the Yenching Academy, Ruoxi would like to continue deepening her knowledge in the field of immigration studies, which is her platform for observing cross-cultural phenomena.