I was born and raised in one of the most populated cities in China, Zhengzhou. Having the rare opportunity to jump from a developing country to the most developed nation in the world, I experienced a profound culture shock as a freshman at Northeastern University. My foreign friends’ thoughts about China shocked me. “Do you guys use real social media?” “I heard that most Chinese students here are privileged kids.” It was as if we were talking about two different Chinas; some parts were alike and some parts came from nowhere. These misunderstandings and stereotypes were deeply rooted and unfortunate to see. Since then, I always ask myself, “What can I do to make our generation’s voice stronger?” With my BA in Communication Studies and minors in Film Production and Business Administration, I decided to become a cultural ambassador, a social entrepreneur, and a global citizen between the east and west.
I established NEBULAR in 2015, a not-for-profit social media platform that targeted more than 500,000 young international Chinese in North America and China. The contents and campaigns address politics, entrepreneurship, economics, art, entertainment, education, and social innovation within this rapidly growing globalized world. The leadership and experiences in global and intercultural communication have led me to my next milestone: Global Thought.
I am interested in exploring global connections and commonalities in contemporary politics, economics, society, and culture, tailoring intellectual and professional plans for NEBULAR’s future. My potential research interests include the role of the media and media products as key players in the world’s political and cultural landscape, the communication strategies and leadership of nonprofits and governmental organizations, and the impact of globalization on US-China relations.
- BA, Communication Studies, Northeastern University, 2016