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Gozde Celikread bio
Gozde Celik completed her undergraduate degree in the field of Economics at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. During her undergraduate years, she became fascinated by China’s new leading economic role, and then by Chinese culture, economy, people and language. She wrote her thesis on Chinese Economic Growth in the context of the Middle Income Trap to further understand the “Chinese economic miracle” and its effects. The Confucius Institute, where she studied Mandarin, gave her opportunities to visit different cities in China, further encouraging her to continue studying Chinese society as a whole. With this aim in mind, during her senior year, she applied and was accepted for a Tsinghua CI Scholarship, and is currently studying Mandarin in Beijing. At the Yenching Academy, she intends to do research in economics and business, and to study Chinese economic growth with a focus on the country’s dramatic policy structural transformation from a manufacturing-based, export oriented growth policy into a services-based, consumption oriented policy. Gozde is also very much interested in the current and future relation between China and Turkey.
Chang Jung-Erhread bio
Jung-Erh Chang was born in Touliu City, Taiwan Province, but she spent nearly ten years of her student life in Mainland China, from elementary school to senior high school. She grew up in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, which was her grandparents’ hometown. The family origin and her special growth experience strengthened her emotional connections with Mainland China, deepening her understanding of Chinese culture, as well as encouraging her to explore the roots of Chinese spirits, which relates to her family and life closely. She received her Bachelor’s degree in history from National Taiwan University, with a minor in Chinese literature in 2016. AS well as this, she was a visiting graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from September 2016 to May 2017. Her research interest focuses on gender and family history in late imperial China. Her undergraduate thesis is about the sister relationship among the three talented women of the Yuan Family in Qing dynasty China. At the Yenching Academy, she wants to continue exploring related issues, using the approach of gender theories and going beyond the disciplinary boundary between history and literature studies, reconstructing life histories, emotional connections and social norms surrounding women in late imperial China. In the future, she hopes to apply her knowledge to the development of the cultural industry, devoting herself to bringing the research in Chinese history and culture to the public through various and creative ways.
Chen Weitingread bio
Chen Weiting, from China, graduated with a degree of Public Management from Renmin University of China majoring in Urban Planning and Management. During her undergraduate period, she showed a great interest in volunteer service. She has been involved in the volunteer teaching program for two years and proposed a new cultivation program as ‘Power of the Seed—Cultivation Program of the Hope School’, which transformed the teaching model from large class teaching to small group discussions, providing pupils with the chance to think independently, express themselves and gain a feeling of being concerned about and understood. In the third year of her undergraduate study, she carried out an exchange to Macquarie University in Australia with a full-scholarship for a whole year, and she volunteered in the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where she was nominated as the Volunteer of Year for her sincere passion in volunteer services. It would be wonderful if she could meet peers with the same passion in Yenching Academy. Sparing no efforts in studying, volunteering and researching programs, she was nominated as the representative of her college as the Principle Scholar in her graduation year. Through her study and internships in the area of economics, she gained an interest in investment and industry analysis. Therefore, she wishes to further her study at the Yenching Academy in economics, deepen her understanding on Chinese TMT industries under the context of Globalization and the bigger picture.
Chiang Longwenread bio
Longwen Chiang graduated with honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Shaped by his upbringing as a Taiwanese immigrant in the Philippines, Longwen spent his time at Chicago examining the impact of political and economic conditions on the policies of developing nations, and championing social justice causes. Throughout his time at college, he served as the personal assistant to civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson, where he helped design and advocate solutions for sustainable housing in disadvantaged communities. A Jeff Metcalf fellow, Longwen also traveled to China to document the impact of environmental degradation on coastal wetlands and migratory fauna while working for the Paulson Institute. Witnessing the adverse impact of agriculture on natural habitats, he returned to Beijing after graduation to work for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a Washington-based think tank. At IFPRI, he published a book and several papers on sustainable farming, agricultural finance, and climate change adaptation in Asia as part of a multinational research team. Wanting to bring his experiences into the private sector in the Philippines, he started Loadrunner, a social enterprise that provides logistics and financial services to subsistence farmers in the Philippines. As a Yenching Scholar, Longwen plans to study economics and management in order to bring his start-up to China and continue to make a positive impact for millions of people.
Madeleine May Clinganread bio
Madeleine (Maddie) Clingan has both a British and Trinidadian heritage, and lived her early years in Brighton, United Kingdom. It was here that she acquired a fascination with Chinese history and the development of modern Chinese society. At age eighteen, she completed her first academic research project in this area, subsequently undertaking an independent visit to China, where she spent time in a small urban town in Zhejiang Province to gain authentic, first-hand insights. Maddie is currently in the final year of her undergraduate degree at the University of York, where she triple-majors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The diverse and global nature of her degree has allowed her to pursue her passion for both international law and Chinese philosophy. In addition to her studies, she has completed an internship with the UK Civil Service Fast Stream. Moreover, at university, she established York Anti-Human Trafficking Student Group (YATS) with a group of peers, and also played a major role in the Model United Nations movement, serving on the Society Executive of United Nations Association York. Attending a range of different European conferences, she won five consecutive international and national Model United Nations ‘Best Delegate’ Awards for her debating and negotiation skills. In addition, Maddie co-chaired and led an innovative international simulation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for 50 delegates in Hamburg, Germany. At the Yenching Academy, she is looking forward to researching Law and Society. Her focus will be on Chinese public and corporate policies regarding consumer, labour, and environmental protection, and their impact on global standards of social responsibility.
Sonya Ruth Cottonread bio
Sonya was born in the United States of America, grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and has also lived in Finland and China. Her previous academic background is in African languages (namely Xhosa) and linguistics. Currently she is completing a Master’s in Philosophy in Law at the University of Cape Town. In her thesis she focuses on 'silence' as a discursive technique in African legislation, with emphasis on the contradiction that arises when women in customary marriages are excluded from constitutional commitments to gender equality. Sonya's research interests include linguistic ideologies, legal pluralism and legal-anthropology - or, simply put, the intersection of language, law and culture. As a Yenching scholar, she intends to specialise in Chinese Law and Society, and to continue learning Mandarin beyond HSK level 5, which she has already attained. She aspires to engage in socio-legal research involving Sino-African migration from the perspective of individuals whose experiences are often overlooked in macro-level studies that focus on state actors and multinational corporations. Almost as much as she loves learning languages, Sonya enjoys exploring the creative manners in which people interpret and engage with legal language. She believes that applying linguistic approaches to legal subject matter represents a powerful analytic tool, as well as a mechanism for ensuring multiple voices are heard.
Patrick Dancerread bio
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Patrick Dancer attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in International Relations and completed military training in preparation for a career in the U.S. Army. Passionate about U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, Patrick spent his summers broadening his intellectual experience, completing research on design thinking and innovation, a study abroad program in Prague, and an internship with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. While there, Patrick was assigned to the China office, working on issues of military diplomacy and strategic plans. For his senior thesis, he analyzed the international relations of cyberspace and the use of proxies in the domain, focusing on how states interact despite the prevalence of anonymity and plausible deniability. He hopes to continue his studies into norm development and diplomacy while at the Yenching Academy. Patrick has long been enamored with language, having previously studied four years of Ancient Greek and two years of French before beginning his study of Mandarin his senior year of college. At the Yenching Academy, Patrick will focus on the Politics and International Relations research area, and the diplomatic and military relationship between China and the U.S. After completing his studies, Patrick will return to the United States, where he will continue his career as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Daniel De Oliveira Vasconcelosread bio
Daniel Vasconcelos studied Political Science at the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. He was an academic member of two research groups headed by leading Brazilian professors, for which he studied International Relations Theory, International Law, and Society. His undergraduate thesis on international cooperation issues focused more particularly on the cooperation between Brazil and African states. After graduating, he moved to Canada, where he volunteered to teach Brazilian culture and Portuguese for a university club at Thompson Rivers University. Upon his return to Brazil, he enrolled in a Postgraduate Program in Diplomatic Studies at the International Law Center (Cedin), and wrote his thesis on the domestic sources of Chinese Foreign Policy, analyzing Chinese society, the Chinese political system, and Chinese leadership bios. During this time, he also worked as a teacher for the American School of Belo Horizonte, lecturing on Brazilian history and geography. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to improve his Chinese and broaden his knowledge of China, especially Chinese politics, society and the country’s relations with the rest of the world.
Lidiia Demchenkoread bio
Lidiia Demchenko is a Ukrainian polyglot who knows 6 languages. She majored in Translation Studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and took part in an Erasmus Mundus exchange at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Italy for two semesters. Furthermore, she volunteered for a year in Spain with an EVS programme, helping immigrant minorities to adapt to the local community. Lidiia participated in various projects for intercultural dialogue and human rights promotion as she aspires for a career in the international cooperation sector. Her main field of interest is Gender Studies and Women’s Studies which she aims to research within Yenching Academy. She is one of the active representatives of Ukrainian feminist movement and a fierce human rights advocate. The China Studies’ interdisciplinary approach draws her attention as a tool to encourage dialogue between the East and the West.
Erin Dunneread bio
Erin Dunne grew up in Northville, Michigan and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan where she majored in History, French and International Studies. Her undergraduate honors thesis examined the history of Hash Bash, a local grassroots movement against the “War on Drugs,” for which she was awarded the John A. Williams Award for an Outstanding Thesis in United States History and Highest Honors. During her time as an undergraduate, Erin has also been an advocate for free speech and drug policy reform, and served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Review. She has previously studied in France and Morocco and excited to have the opportunity to study in China. As a Yenching Scholar, she intends to continue to focus on drug policy through the History and Archaeology research area, and research the impact of the Opium Wars on narcotics regulation. After her time in Beijing, she plans to pursue a career in journalism or public policy. Beyond her studies, she is excited to share her love of American folk music, developed through her work as a DJ at WCBN FM Ann Arbor, and to learn about Chinese musical traditions.