is the Founder
. She first thought of starting this company while doing yoga in Harvard Square and imagining her next job in New York. She loves young people and media and cares about China. Thus, she put two and two togethe, and formed a media start-up about young people and their personal stories and experiences with China. Her favorite Chinese phrase is “ho sic
” (which means “very delicious” in Cantonese.) Her favorite Chinese dish is Ma Po Tofu
(extra spicy)! She enjoys playing the piano, tennis, and running around with children in a zoo.China Personified is supported by a team of enthusiastic, energetic young Chinese and Americans with a passion for connecting with aspiring and recognized leaders through personal story-sharing, mentoring and networking.
CP Business Development
Yanqng (Candy) Yang is a culture researcher, people connector, and passionate entrepreneur. She’s a founding team member of China Youthology, one of the top youth culture research companies in China. For the past eight years, she has pioneered and executed a variety of successful research projects on Chinese young adults and provided insight and consultancy to corporations such as Intel, MacDonald, Jeep, Lancome.
She also initiated different social projects to build communities and connect young change-makers and content creators. Here’s an example – Butter Youth Conference BYC is a platform that. For six years, allows young adults to gather every month to share their voices and stories, to explore possibilities, and to make a connection with peers. Bamboo Bicycles Beijing, a social enterprise designed to foster a culture of sustainability, empowerment, and fun by training young adults to make and ride bamboo bicycles. Yanqing Yang is also a talented community artist who believes art is a powerful tool to transform hearts and minds. She’s a fellow of National Alliance For Media Arts+Culture’s arts leadership program.
Social Media/ Branding Producer
Sara Zou is the Branding and Social Media Producer. Her responsibilities include creating awareness and generating interest for “One in a Billion.” She will also recruit bloggers, engage and expand audience through social media.
Sara was born in Los Gatos, California and began traveling to Beijing, China on a yearly basis as a toddler. Her grandparents reside in Beijing currently. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Political Science and spent 5 years working at C-SPAN in Washington, DC. Currently, Sara is pursuing her master’s degree from Harvard University. She enjoys traveling, volunteering with her church, and listening to podcasts on Presidential history.
CP Events Planning & Social Media Team
Lena Ren was CP’s Director of Strategic Planning and Events. Her initial responsibilities include designing and developing business development ideas/strategic partnerships for CP, executing outreach to event speakers, corporate sponsors, and analyzing CP’s current organizational model with the ultimate goal of growing CP network members into a tight-knitted community.Lena was born in San Francisco, graduated from Yale, and majored in East Asian Studies. After graduation, she spent a year in Beijing on the Yale-Chinese Government Scholarship studying and doing research before returning to America. She is currently an MBA student at Harvard Business School after spending several years as a manager/associate planner within the digital/e-commerce strategy with Saks & Co. Lena loves traveling, art, fashion, exploring new food places.
Anita Xu was CP’s Director of Website and Social Media. Her main responsibilities include producing, updating and managing web content, as well as improving readers experience, recruiting bloggers, and initiating topics for conversations among CP network members on a range of social media platforms. (Facebook, Linked-in). She will also help identifying and booking potential interviewees for CP video productions. Anita was born in Shanghai, graduated from Fudan University before obtaining a master’s degree from Syracuse University (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.) Anita came to New York to pursue her multimedia journalism career. She is currently working for Q Daily, a Shanghai-based digital news company. She enjoys cooking, traveling and listening to tech and biz podcasts.
Lauren Dai was our Coordinating Manager (2012-13). She currently works in corporate finance for Stripe after several years in the financial industry. Lauren remains an avid supporter of China Personified and its mission. She graduated from Harvard College Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics in 2013. She was a research analyst for Goldman Sachs. On campus, Lauren was on the board of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business; she also led the Cabot Entrepreneurship Series and was involved in Smart Woman Securities and Harvard China Care. In addition to interning at China Central Television in Beijing her freshman summer, Lauren explored M&A and Sales & Trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch last summer. Originally from South Brunswick, New Jersey, Lauren was a varsity swimmer in high school and loves swimming, yoga, and any kind of dancing, from ballet to hip-hop to salsa. At school, Lauren has joined the Expressions Dance Team and also enjoys taking ballroom classes.
has proposed CP development ideas and planned network events since January 2013. She graduated from Harvard University in 2012 and now works in Quantitative Research at Two Sigma in SoHo, NYC. Among her favorite activities, Heather loves ice-skating, outdoor concerts, and Freakonomics. Born in Beijing and raised in Chicago, she is a master of unconventionally delicious dumplings but has never made it through a meal without a fork.
Mandy Zhang was CP’s Event Planner. She recently discovered CP through a friend and immediately wanted to get more involved. Her responsibilities will include planning and executing CP events, reaching out to the NY community and speakers and collaborating with team members to carry out CP events. Mandy was born in Wuhan, China and grew up in Long Island, New York. She went to the University of Michigan for her undergrad, double majoring in political science and international relations. She is now a MBA finance student at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. She lives on the Upper West Side and in her spare time she enjoys yoga, biking around the city, traveling and eating at new restaurants.
CP Digital Content Production
was our Website Blogs Producer
. She began as CP social media/PR intern in the
summer of 2013. She is currently a blogger for CP, a writer and English teacher in New York City. Xiao spent most of her childhood in Shanghai, China, and moved to the U.S. permanently at the age of 10. In 2013, she graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Government and a minor in East Asian Studies. Her hobbies include language studies (Japanese, French, Uyghur), fiction writing, Uyghur dancing, and art/designing. In the future, she hopes to pursue a higher education in literature.
was our Production Intern
at China Personified. “One in a Billion” podcast, set for launch in the Summer of 2016. His main responsibilities include research and development of stories, field producing and social media outreach for CP. Born and raised in Xiamen, China, he came to the United States in the Fall of 2015 for his Master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. During his graduate studies, he led a university-wide mental health campaign called the #HowAreYou Campaign. Before Harvard, he earned his B.A. from China Foreign Affairs University and was a lecturer for New Oriental Education and Technology Group in his senior year. As a recent graduate of Harvard, he hopes to work in education across different platforms and aspires to make a greater impact by connecting education and media. He is a huge A Capella geek, and he loves lip syncing to songs wherever he goes.
Web Development and Video Production
was Digital Content Producer.
Hails from Silicon Valley. She went to Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, intending to pursue public policy and change some aspect of the world. Instead, she found herself working with CNN Beijing, writing for The Atlantic, and is now delving into the media startup world. She has come full circle, you could say.
was a Video Editor
. She is from Beijing, China. Her father is a television producer and she dreamed of becoming a reporter even before she understood the responsibilities associated with the career. Five years of journalism education have helped her understand the job and further strengthened her determination. Her dream is to travel to different worlds and tell people’s happy, sorrowful, or quirky stories.
(Left: Ling, right: Ryan)
Ling is a Cinematographer. He is originally from Chinatown, New York. Ling loves traveling and experiencing the rich foods that comes with it. He enjoys trial and error because it’s the experience that builds a person. He is the first in the family to go forth and enter the entertainment field as his career choice while his brother is an English teacher and his sister an aspiring accountant. His goals include loving life and never looking back.
Ryan is a Video Editor. He is originally from Bath, New York. He moved to NYC four years ago to persue a career in the entertainment industry. After graduating from Hunter College he started up his own production company Housebar Productions, which he now runs full time. He has a passion for adventure and loves to make people laugh. His dream is to travel the world documenting his journey and spreading his humor along the way.
Previous Contributors and Staff
was an Event Co-Chair.
He was born and raised in China, and came to the U.S. in the fall of 2011. He graduated from New York University with a M.A. in International Relations. Now he is working as a public relations specialist for China-U.S. practice in New York City with main expertise in event management, brand messaging, media relations, and partnership development. His dream is to travel as many places as possible to learn different cultures and experience various lifestyles in the world.
was a Digital Content Producer.
Originally from Harbin, China, Xian loves traveling, trying different foods and learning about diverse cultures. She also loves playing classical piano and singing pop songs. Her favorite singer is Leehom Wang, whom she has admired for more than 10 years. A recent graduate from Columbia Journalism School, she hopes to become a foreign correspondent for television, reporting from different parts of the world.
was a Digital Content Producer
. Born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. Jason first fell in love with China in May of 2008, when he spent two months in Beijing working as an intern for the Olympic News Service. After he returned Jason studied Chinese during his sophomore year at Purdue University. He later graduated in May of 2011 with a degree in mass communication. Jason bought a one-way ticket to New York City in January of 2012 to pursue his dreams of working in the media industry. He is currently a part-time student in the M.S. program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Shuming Yvonne Yang
was our Social Media Coordinator
(summer intern 2012)
. She is a graduate student in PR/communications at Boston University, where she works on publicity and social media design. She is an explorer of life and cyber space, as well as the hugest fan of Darren Aronofsky, red bean mochi ice cream, and mango slices. Most importantly, she is a firm believer in parallel universes.
was our Director of Web Content
(summer intern, 2012). She loves writing and speaking Mandarin, teaching English, and learning about China. Despite being a laowai
, she salivates over stinky tofu. Her favorite Chinese phrase is “加油 jiayou
” (Go! …or literally, “add oil”). She was born and raised in New York and went to college at Harvard. She spent the last year in Taiwan, teaching English on a Fulbright Grant. Through China Personified, she hopes to connect with her peers who are similarly fascinated by China.
was our Associate Director of Web Content
(summer intern, 2012). She loves drawing, photography and watching movies and is always up for a good cup of tea and good conversation. Her favorite Chinese dish is xiaolongbao
(soup dumplings). She’s excited to enter her senior year at Harvard. As an ABC, she hopes to reconnect with her culture through China Personified.