2015 Yenching Scholars
Cody Abbey

Cody Abbey

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Cody Abbey studied public and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, graduating with a thesis that analyzed China's college entrance examination. Cody’s interests include Chinese education, language, and theatre, and he actively engages in a variety of cultural projects in both China and the United States. While at the Yenching Academy, he further pursued his interest in China's higher education system.

Ai Di

Ai Di

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Ai Di studied English literature and intellectual property law at the Renmin University of China. She gained experience as a legal assistant in the Beijing Intellectual Property Law Court. Her career interests include working at organizations such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the State Assets Management Center. 

Jason Arterburn

Jason Arterburn

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Jason Arterburn completed his BA in economics and identity & security at the University of Alabama, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and as the top male student in his class. As an undergraduate, Jason studied Mandarin intensively in China for a calendar year on a Critical Language Scholarship and David L. Boren Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State and National Security Education Program, respectively. He has worked on U.S.-China policy in various capacities at the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, in the Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and (..) at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where he assisted Dr. Tong Zhao with research on nonproliferation and global security issues. Jason also sits on the Board of Directors for Birmingham to Beijing, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises more than $50,000 annually to provide high-achieving students at low-income high schools in Alabama with Mandarin language classes and a fully-funded study tour in China. He is also a 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholar.

James Ashcroft

James Ashcroft

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James Ashcroft graduated with First Class Honours from University College London where he studied early modern political thought and intellectual history. A dual UK/US citizen, James has lived in France, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Previously, he contributed to educational and homebuilding projects in Ecuador and Kenya. A (…) Business Analyst at Deloitte, he has also worked for firms in both London and Washington DC, including KPMG’s Digital, Analytics & Innovation division. At the Yenching Academy, James completed an economics & management thesis on the contemporary Chinese tea industry.

Nicola Angeli

Nicola Angeli

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Nicola Angeli studied at the University of Bologna and University College London where his studies focused on the application of quantitative linguistics methodologies to analyze Ezra Pound's early poetry. Nicola’s main research interests include Chinese culture, comparative literature and art, linguistics, and cultural globalization. Recently, he has founded an online project focusing on the depiction of China in the last decades of the Qing Dynasty by Western journalists. 


Andrea Brecevic

Andrea Brecevic

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Andrea Brecevic studied economics and Chinese language at the University of Edinburgh. Andrea’s dissertation concentrated on the economic aspect and strategic significance of the xiaokang society concept. At the Yenching Academy, he pursued his interest in Chinese investments and their significance for Southeast and Central Europe.

Joseph Brennan

Joseph Brennan

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Joseph Brennan graduated from Harvard College with a thesis on political instability in contemporary Thailand. Previously, Joseph worked as a research assistant to Nicholas Christakis and David Gergen, and more recently, he has been involved in NGO work on political enfranchisement. His studies at the Yenching Academy focused on the economic aspects of political development.

Ricarda Brosch

Ricarda Brosch

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Ricarda Brosch graduated from the Art History Department of Freie Universität Berlin in 2015. She studied East Asian Art History as a major and China Studies as a minor and wrote her thesis on a 17th century handscroll of the Qing-dynasty artist Fan Qi 樊圻 - one of the 'Eight Masters of Jinling' (金陵八家). Besides her research on traditional Chinese landscape painting, Ricarda became involved in provenance research, studying and analyzing archival sources in order to establish former Jewish owners of art works - a major political objective of the German government. She has gained work experience in various galleries and museums of Asian Art and was awarded a scholarship to PKU in 2013 for one semester of Chinese language study. While at the Yenching Academy Ricarda enjoyed deepening her understanding of Chinese art and culture and improving her Chinese language skills.

Rosa Brandse

Rosa Brandse

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Rosa Brandse studied political science and Korean studies at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University. Rosa has been actively involved in student initiatives, as well as voluntary and community work serving as the chair of the Korean studies Educational committee and as a freshmen mentor. She was also a member of the student think-tank of the Dutch political party GroenLinks.