M.A. Student – Class of 2021

Born and raised in Hong Kong, I left to study abroad in the U.S. at the age of 14. I graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Art History, moved by art’s ability to absorb and disperse ideas across time, geography, and cultures. In addition to my major, I was drawn to courses on East Asian value systems and philosophy. After graduation, I worked in New York at an art auction house, then took an internship at the China Institute. With rising Sino-American tensions, and with the massive Hong Kong protest in June 2019, I experienced the work of a cultural nonprofit in real time. This solidified my desire to improve relations between Hong Kong, China, and the U.S., and Hong Kong has since been embroiled in political and social unrest. Amidst the pandemic, a wave of anti-Asian and anti-Chinese sentiment has propagated worldwide. With the privilege of my international upbringing, I feel a responsibility to work towards a different future. We must foster a better understanding between our cultures–perhaps, through art.

In the Global Thought M.A. Program, I would like to assess art as a viable platform for responsible representation, especially when social and political platforms have not succeeded in doing so. The exploration would be grounded in the complicated role in which China and the West have influenced Hong Kong’s unique identity. Art can be subversive: what expression or solace can it offer? Ultimately, I would either like to continue in academia, or create a nonprofit organization that supports and engages young international artists.