I was born and raised in Hangzhou, China, one of China’s seven ancient capitals. When I was 14, I moved alone to the United States to attend boarding school in New Hampshire. My contrasting cultural experiences in the eastern and the western worlds have developed my interest in exploring different perspectives on global issues. I recently earned my B.A. in International Studies from Bryn Mawr College with a minor in Economics. During my junior year, I attended Columbia University as part of the Visiting Student program. I love the wide range of opportunities that New York had, and am excited to explore more possibilities in this upcoming year. While I was at Columbia, I also completed a one-year marketing internship program with a Chinese real estate company. With these prior cross cultural experiences, during the Global Thought program at Columbia I hope to add value in bridging different cultural worlds, and help individuals and organizations to expand their perspectives.
In my undergraduate thesis, I studied China’s presence in Africa through a focus on a labor dispute in a Chinese-owned mine in Zambia. As I investigated different reports to form my own case study, I found it interesting how many different voices and perspectives are involved—including the Chinese government, the African side, and the Western perspective. I have also become more curious: how do specific cases like the one I studied apply in the global environment? Why do reports from different areas vary so widely? Is it the political environment, media freedom, or cultural differences? I plan to continue researching and expanding on these questions during my master’s studies.
- BA, International Studies, Bryn Mawr College, 2017