Elaine Jessica Giangread bio
Jessica was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with Honors, majoring in Political Science and International Relations. As an undergraduate student she focused her studies on peace-building in post-conflict societies and civilian protection strategies. She also examined the media's representation of minority groups in Canada for potential racist discourse. After graduation Jessica worked for local nonprofits, and as a researcher for the provincial government of British Columbia, before moving to China to live and work. When blessed by blue Beijing skies, Jessica enjoys collecting stories and photographs of the people she meets on the street. As a Yenching scholar, she hopes to build upon her undergraduate interests as well as learn more about China’s immigration and refugee policies.
Anthony Marcheseread bio
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Anthony Marchese completed his undergraduate degree in international relations at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, where he served as Head of College. As a Research Assistant for the Reach Project, a joint initiative of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth, he analyzed the success of birth registration policies in post-Apartheid South Africa. He also interned at Procter & Gamble Canada. Inspired by China’s growing importance in the international system, Anthony will be focusing on politics and international relations at the Yenching Academy. He aims to gain a nuanced understanding of the philosophies that shape Chinese foreign policy, on Chinese solutions for complex global issues, and how these perspectives can help strengthen Chinese-Canadian relations in the realms of business, international affairs and cultural exchange.
Christine Anne Tiuread bio
Christine is 23 years old and from Manila, the Philippines. She majored in Business Management and minored in Chinese Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her involvement with the local government as a Youth Council Chairperson and with various sector-based organizations exposed her to the Philippines’ social realities at a young age, leading her to co-found the first campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity Philippines, as well as an award-winning social enterprise providing alternative livelihood for women through fashion. While working full-time as general manager of a Hong Kong-based international beverage chain in the Philippines, Christine also worked for Ashoka Philippines and helped establish a non-profit seeking to restructure the agricultural model for farmers in rural indigenous communities. As a Yenching Scholar, Christine will pursue Economics and Management as her research area. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of social entrepreneurship, private philanthropy and volunteerism in China.