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.

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.