Name: Mable Chan / 陳美寶

Hometown: Hong Kong, China

Birthday: July 18

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University, New York University, Syracuse University, The Juilliard School

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Job: President/Founder of Mable Chan & Company and China Personified 華人格化 website and network.

China connection: Born in Hong Kong

China story: Covered stories about China as a Hong Kong-based TV journalist, Studied Chinese history at Harvard, Speaks fluent Cantonese & Mandarin.

China Travel: Beijing, Guangzhou, Macau, Nanchang, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Zuhai

International Travel: Canada, Mexico, England, France, Monaco, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Cambodia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand

Hobbies: Piano, Tennis, Yoga, Chinese Calligraphy

Heroes: Aung San Suu Kyi

Blog Beats: #Lifestyle, #Language, #Communication, #Relationship, #“Face”


Name: Jesse Appell

Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts

Birthday: July 19, 1990

University Attended: Brandeis University B.A ’12, Minzu University 中央民族大学 Affiliation for Fulbright Project

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Job: Comedian, Actor, Teacher

China connection: I’ve studied Chinese at college and studied abroad at several programs, including HBA, CET, and this fall at IUP.

China story: I’ve tried to learn as much about China as I can, which means that I try to meet and talk to lao beijingren and lawyers, businessmen and bus drivers, traders and tea farmers… China is a place where I can commit every ounce of my energy and afterwards still find more worth exploring.

China Travel: I’ve lived in Beijing for 7 months or so, but have travelled to many places, like Kunming, Jinghong, Menghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, Mt. Emei, Leshan, Luoyang, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, as well as the countryside of Hebei province.

International Travel: I’ve been to Canada and Spain on vacation, and to Israel to visit in-laws.

Hobbies: Improv comedy, filming funny videos, writing, photography, entrepreneurship, journalism… and of course, Chinese!

Heroes: Probably the closest I have to a hero would be my favorite author, Jorge Luis Borges.

Blog Beats: #comedy, #thefunnyside


Name: Andrea Blinkhorn

Hometown: Albany, New York

Birthday: December 22nd

University Attended/Affiliated: Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, The Ohio State University

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Job: Graduate Student

China connection: Lived in China from July 2012-July 2013 teaching, eating, and experiencing Chinese culture and history.

China Travel: Kunming, Lincang, Dali, Lijiang, Shantou, Nan’ao Dao, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo, Nanjing

International Travel: France, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Greece

Hobbies: Reading about foreign affairs, running, playing basketball, and hiking!

Heroes: Samantha Power, Rana Husseini

Blog Beat: On Point, Out of Sync, On the Town, On the Move


Name: Xian Bu / 步宪

Hometown: Harbin, China

Birthday: November 24

University Attended/Affiliated: Columbia University, Boston College

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Job: Digital Content Producer at China Personified

China connection: family and friends in China, travels regularly back to China

China story: Born and raised in China

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Dalian, Shenyang, etc.

International Travel: U.K., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Russia

Hobbies: piano, singing, drawing, violin

Heroes: Leehom Wang

Blog Beats: #On the Move, #Relationship, #Lifestyle, #On Success


Name: Rebecca Chao / 赵国妤

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Birthday: November 16

University Attended/Affiliated: Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University

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Job: Digital Content Producer at China Personified

China connection: Heritage; Work

China story: China is my where my grandparents were born and raised but they were torn from their country after the civil war and so rebuilt their lives in Taiwan.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo

International Travel: U.K., France, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Bhutan, Mexico

Hobbies: guitar, piano, writing, running

Heroes: J.M. Coetzee, Joel and Ethan Coen, John Steinbeck…changes often…

Blog Beats: #On the Move, #On the Town #Lifestyle #On Success #Out of Sync

Contact: rebecca.chao@


Name: Franklin Chen / 陳方旭

Hometown: Xiamen 廈門, China

Birthday: October 29

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University Ed.M. 16’; China Foreign Affairs University 外交學院B.A. 15’

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Job: Production Intern of China Personified LLC 華人格化; Educator

China connection: Family and friends in China

China Story: Born and raised in Xiamen, China. Speaks fluent Mandarin & Hokkien.

China Travel: Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Jiaxing, Jinan, Hong Kong, Xi’an, Fuzhou

International Travel: United States, United Kingdom, Bali

Hobbies: Music, piano, singing, pop culture, foodie, breaking stereotypes

Heroes: Tori Kelly, Grace Helbig, Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Dubner, Megan Tan

Blog Beats: #Education, #Mental Health, #Lifestyle, #Language, #Culture, #Gaysian


Name: Lauren Dai / 戴成欣

Hometown: Kendall Park, NJ, USA

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University

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Job: Investment Research Analyst

China connection: Parents born in China

China story: Visit China frequently, Speak fluent Mandarin, CCTV Summer Internship sparked interests in media and in US-China relations

China Travel: Beijing, Fuzhou, Gulangyu, Hainan Dao, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi’an, Xiamen, Yanan

International Travel: Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, France

Hobbies: Dance, Swim, Model UN, Entrepreneurship

Hero: Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

Blog Beats: #Success, #Lifestyle, #Trends

Contact: LaurenDai@

Name: Yifu Dong 董一夫 (our first teen blogger)

Hometown: Beijing, China

Birthday: August 16

School Attended/Affiliated: Beijing No. 4 High School, Yale University

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Job: Student

China connection: Born and raised in Beijing

China story: The experience of living abroad and cultural exchange has given me a new perspective

China Travel: Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Fushun, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Hangzhou, Jinan, Hong Kong

International Travel: United States, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador

Hobbies: The game of go (weiqi), baseball, accordion, ukulele, reading history, basketball, ping pong

Heroes: Jackie Robinson

Blog Beats: #out of sync, #face, #outrageous phenomenon, #lifestyle


Name: Jamie Fleishman

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York

Birthday: October 27

University Attended/Affiliated: Brandeis University

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Job: Senior Educational Consultant, Elite Scholars of China

China connection: I started studying Chinese in college, studied abroad in China in 2010, onand have returned for work in 2012.

China story: I officially caught the China bug after spending six months in China studying abroaina language intensive program. China and Chinese language have featured prominently in my life since then.

China Travel: I’ve lived in Beijing for a total of 6 months. I have been fortunate to travel across China with my study abroad program, friends, and family. With my program we went to Pingyao and Taiyuan. With friends, I traveled to Yunnan and Guangxi. With family, I have been to Datong, Xi’an, Guilin, Chongqing, and Shanghai.

International Travel: My first international travel was to Israel with family at age 8. Since then I have visited my sister in Costa Rica, went to France, Italy, and Switzerland on a high school trip, and visited a friend in Cape Town and Namibia.

Hobbies: Tennis, table tennis, video editing, saxophone, cooking, political satire, technology, and Chinese.

Heroes: Jon Stewart, David Pogue, and Steve Jobs

Blog Beat: On Point, Out of Sync, On the Town, On the Move


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Name: Bobby Franklin

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Birthday: December 13

University Attended/Affiliated: Drexel University (Undergrad), University of South Carolina (MBA)

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Job: International Marketing at Giti Tire in Shanghai

China connection: Spent 1.5 years in Beijing with MBA program (studying and internship), now working full-time in Shanghai

China story: I’ve always had an interest in Asian culture and travel, and have been lucky to have spent time living in China. Also, I’ve been involved with Global China Connection (GCC) for around three years, including as Media Director for the 2012-13 school year.

China Travel: Beijing, Changchun, Qingdao, Taishan, Datong, Qinghuangdao, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, HK/Taiwan, Hebei countryside, etc.

International Travel: Various places in North America, Europe, Asia, and Caribbean

Hobbies: Music, sports, travel, current events, business topics Blog Beats: business, lifestyle, travel

Blog Beats: business, lifestyle, travel



Name: Xiao Fu

Hometown: Shanghai, China / Pittsburgh, PA

Birthday: January 14

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University

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Job: Freelance writer

China connection: Born in China

China story: Write Chinese fiction novels and poetry, interested in Chinese literature, painting, history, and pop culture

China Travel: Xinjiang region (Urumqi, Aksu, Hotan, Turpan, Qiemo, etc.), Xi’an, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Xining, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Changsha, Yueyang, Wuhan, Shaoxing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou, Huzhou, Jinan, Taiyuan

International Travel: Japan, Singapore, Caribbeans, Canada

Hobbies: Dance, Arts, Design, Poetry, Fictions, Languages, Blogging, Basketball, Ice Skating, Cooking

Hero: Han Han, Eileen Chang, Mom

Blog Beats: #On Lifestyle, #On Relationships, #Out of Sync


Name: DJ Furth

Hometown: Aspen, CO

Birthday: August 13, 1988

University Attended: Lewis & Clark College

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Job: Managing Editor of CreativeHunt, the only online magazine dedicated exclusively to China’s creative scene; 2) Freelance video producer

China connection: I have been studying, living and working on and off in China since January of 2009 when I first came to China to study at Fudan University.

China story: My Sinophilia was sparked by several intensive language programs beginning in 2009. Since then I have been endlessly fascinated by Mandarin and all that goes along with being in and attempting to understand a country advancing with unprecedented speed into our future.

China Travel: Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Nanjing, Sanya, Dalian, Nanjing, Shanghai, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Huangshan City, various Hebei, Wuxi, and Tianjin

International Travel: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, England, Canada, Mexico, France, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Greece, Vietnam, and China

Hobbies: Skiing, rock climbing, biking, yoga, Chinese, hiking, live music

Heroes: Salman Rushdie, Mark Twain

Blog Beats: #OnTheTown, #OnlyInBeijing



Name: Rony Gao / 高嵘

Hometown: Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China

University Attended/Affiliated: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada), HEC Paris School of Management (France)

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Job: education entrepreneur

China connection: Born and bred.  Travels frequently between North America and China

China story: Like your iPhone and socks, I’m made in China. 🙂

China Travel: Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Beijing, Shandong, Liaoning, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Yunnan, Hong Kong, Macau, etc.

International Travel: U.S.A, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia.

Hobbies: volleyball, tennis, traveling, blogging, history, reading, stand-up comedy, all-you-can-eat food.

Heroes: I don’t really have a hero but I’ve looked at  Salman Khan (the educator), founder of Khan Academy, as someone changing the world the way I’d like to.



Name: Sally Ruge Gao / 高如歌

Hometown: Beijing, China

University Attended/Affiliated: Cornell University (current)

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Job: Student/History and Literature major/Administrative assistant at university office/Editor

China connection: Born in Beijing and lived there for 14 years

China story: Moving around every now and then made me appreciate how great it is to have Beijing as my ultimate home. I moved to London when I was 8 and came back to Beijing a year and a half later, only to leave Beijing again as a sophomore in high school for New York City. I go back every summer to Beijing and the breakfast food – pork buns and wontons for me – is just sublime.

China Travel: Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin, Weihai, Yantai, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Hebei Province, Beidaihe

International Travel: United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria

Hobbies: Writing, Tumblr, listening to Brit rock and jazz

Hero: Anyone kind and intelligent.

Blog Beats: #Lifestyle


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Hometown: Beijing, China

Birthday: March 31

School Attended: Brown University, Beijing No. 4 High School; Brown University Fall of 2013

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Job: Student

China connection: Born and raised in Beijing

China story: Mandarin is my mother tongue, I’ve been living in Beijing for 18 years and it has always been my home– I owe much to China for my various experiences.

China Travel: Liaoning, Tianjin, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Jiangxi, Anhui, Shanghai, Sichuan, Guangdong, Hainan, Hong Kong, Macao.

International Travel: United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, and Cambodia.

Hobbies: Photography, Reading, Writing, Singing, and Skating.

Heroes: Mahatma Gandhi

Blog Beats: On Point, On Relationship, Out of Sync


fang - CopyName: Guo Quanzhi 郭铨之

Hometown: Hefei, China

Birthday: March 21

School Attended: River Valley High School Singapore, Colgate University

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Job: Student

China connection: Born and raised in China until the age of 15

China story: I lived in Hefei, a small city in the middle region of China, until the age of fifteen. Then I took up a scholarship in Singapore, survived summer-all-year-long, made friends of many nationalities, and volunteered with NGOs on migrant workers’ issues for three years. To me, China is what I would always call home dearly.

China Travel: Shanghai, Beijing, Kunming, Lijiang, Hangzhou, Wuzhen, Xiamen, Chongqing and Dalian.

International Travel: Singapore, United States, and will be traveling to Japan next summer with the school 🙂

Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Cooking, Jogging, Meditation

Heroes: None 🙂

Blog Beats: #Success, #On Relationships, #Out of Sync, #On Point


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Name: Meghan Hussey

Hometown: Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA

Birthday: July 4

University Attended/Affiliated: University of Pennsylvania BA ’12, Beijing Normal University 北京师范大学 Affiliation for Fulbright Project

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Job: Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Commission, US Department of State

China connection: Studied Chinese in college, then studied abroad in Beijing in 2011, then returned here as a Fulbright scholar in 2012

China story: I first came to China when I was 15 to visit my school’s sister school in Shandong. I continued learning Chinese and chose to study abroad in Beijing my junior year. During that time I made a personal connection to autism and disability issues in China, as I have a sister with autism myself, and interned at a disability rights NGO. I returned in 2012 as a Fulbright scholar to do further research on autism and disability in China.

China Travel: Beijing, Weifeng, Qufu, Taishan, Jinan, Yangshuo, Kunming, Dali, Xi’An, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Leshan, Emei Shan, Huangshan, Guangzhou, Nanchang, Xining, Tongren, Xiahe, Linxia, Harbin, Nanjing, Tianjin, Shanghai

International Travel: Australia, New Zealand, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Ecuador, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore

Hobbies: Reading, piano, photography, cooking, working out, people watching in Chinese parks

Heroes: My mother

Blog Beats: #On Point, #On the Move, #Education, #Society


Name: Laura Jaramillo-Bernal

Hometown: Pereira, Colombia

Birthday: October 16, 1987

University Attended: Harvard College

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Job: Michael Rockefeller Fellow

China connection: Living in Beijing since last February

China story: I showed up in Beijing not speaking a word of Mandarin and with very little plans. I take Chinese classes every day and study painting and calligraphy under a master with whom I communicate mostly through the sheer force of my body language.

China Travel: Qingdao and Beijing. Soon to be expanded, I hope.

International Travel: US, Colombia, Peru, South Africa, France, Spain, China

Hobbies: Blogging, overusing parentheses, ordering dishes in which I recognize at least one of the characters, painting, reading way past my bedtime.

Heroes: Hadn’t thought of this since I wrote my college essays. My mom?

Blog Beats: #out of sync, #trends, #outrageous phenomenon



Name: Leah Yen Jarrett / 颜丽亚

Hometown: At the moment, Shanghai and New York City

Birthday: December 18

University Attended/ Affiliated: Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences

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Job: Content and Digital Strategist at Universum Global

China connection: Grew up living in major cities across Asia such as Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. My mother is Shanghai-nese.

China Travel: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hainan, Hangzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Ürümqi, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xi’an, Suzhou, Nanjing, Harbin… the list goes on!

International Travel: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Tibet, India, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Budapest, Belgium, U.K., Sweden, Finland, Canada, Morocco

Hobbies: Teaching and practicing yoga, running, swimming in the ocean, drawing, journaling, listening to podcasts obsessively

Heroes: Ma, Ba (dad), my sister

Blog beats: #Communication, #Identity, #On the Move

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Name: Jonathan Kaufman

Hometown: Armonk, New York

Birthday: June 5

University Attended: Harvard University

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Job: Fulbright Scholar, US Department of State

China connection: Caught the China bug at a young age and have not been able to shake it

China story: Completed the five-year Mandarin curriculum at Harvard, studying interactions between Chinese Muslims and foreign Muslim across urban and rural contexts on a Fulbright fellowship

China Travel: Beijing, Hohhot, Dongsheng, Kaifeng, Dandong, Tianjin, Xi’an, Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Yiwu, Zhoushan, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Yongding, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Chengdu, Songpan, Jiuzhaigou, Lanzhou, Linxia, Xiahe, Tongren, Xining, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar, Guilin, Nanning, Beihai, Kunming, Xishuangbanna, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian, Ruili

International Travel: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize, Costa Rica, UK, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, India, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan

Hobbies: Romance languages, LGBT activism, aviation, Silk Road and Islamic history, dim sum

Heroes: Zheng He, Harvey Milk, Kemal Ataturk

Blog beats: #spirituality, #minorities, #Islam, #anthropologicalangst


Profile_KYKName: Karen Kim /金槿容

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Birthday: Dec 8

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University

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Job: Product Development, The Economist

China connection: Nowadays, the streets of Gangnam are teeming with Chinese cram schools left and right, but learning Chinese was nearly unheard of in Seoul when I started back in 2003. I was 13 when one place opened up down the street. I thought it would be cool to learn, and my parents were encouraging. I’d taken lessons in calligraphy, tennis, taek-won-do, swimming — and it was clear I had no foreseeable talent. Chinese was their last attempt. The teachers drilled us with passages Soviet-style until we could recite passages on demand. I found fascinating the elegant characters and the rich language that shared much heritage with Korean. I’ve since visited China on many occasions and studied Chinese history & politics in college. While I’m making do with what is available in NYC Chinatown at the moment, I do hope to return soon to the remotes part of China that I fell in love with as a teen.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Chang’an, Li Jiang, Dali, Shangri-la, Xishuangbanna, Taishan

Hobbies: Political cartooning, Twitter, basketball


Name: Pallavi Kottamasu / 贡爱玲

Birth date: May 16th, 1994

Hometown: Longmeadow

University Attended/Affiliated: University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Job: Podcast Garage Intern at PRX and Scheduler for Women Online

China connection: I’m an Indian-American, though many people look at my name and tell me it’s Spanish or Japanese. I mention my origins because I am not a Chinese-American millennial. I cannot speak for a Chinese-American millennial’s experience. But I empathize with the storytelling void that exists for Chinese-Americans, as it is similar to the one that exists for Indian-Americans.


International Travel: India, Spain, England, Turkey, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Morocco, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Canada

Hobbies: Singing, Writing, Hiking

Heroes: Gina Rodriguez, Aziz Ansari

Blog Beats: #Education, #Language, #Relationships, #Family, #Travel


Name: Kelly Lam / 林嘉偉

Hometown: Hong Kong, China

Birthday: March 6

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University/Haverford College/University of Pennsylvania

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Job: Student/Choral Fellow at Memorial Church

China connection: Born in China, Lives in Hong Kong

China story: Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese

China Travel: Beijing, Guangdong, Guilin, Macau, Shanghai, Taiwan

International Travel: France, Greece, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Turkey

Hobbies: Classical singing, Reading psych, and non-fiction books, Rearranging furniture

Heroes: Sherlock Holmes

Blog Beats: #Relationship, #Success

Wendy.Lee.ProfileName: Wendy Lee / 李紋齡

Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan

Birthday: September 9

University Attended/Affiliated: Columbia University, London School of Economics, Saint Louis University

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Job: Financial Analyst, Freelance Writer

China connection: Befriended a Chinese family in Cameroon as a Peace Corps Volunteer

China story: After spending childhood in Taiwan, I had never lived in Asia as an adult. I moved to Shanghai in an attempt to reclaim my roots, only to realize China is much different from Taiwan. Fluency in Mandarin and Taiwanese helps with this process.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai

International Travel: Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Curaçao, England, France, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Philippines, Spain, Tunisia,

Hobbies: Yoga, Reading, Design, Travel

Blog Beats: #Out of Sync, #On the Town, #On the Move

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Name: Hannah Leung

Hometown: New Jersey

Birthday: January 9

School Attended/Affiliated: Smith College

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Job: Freelance Writer

China connection: Chinese-American

China story: Discovered Chinese pop star Jay Chou in middle school and developed an instant obsession. Attribute 60% of my Mandarin skills to him. Decided at age of 13 to relocate to China after completing studies.


Name: Alice Li

Hometown: San Francisco

Birthday: December 12th

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard

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Job: Student

China connection: Parents were born in China

China story: Traveled to China frequently, speaks a dialect of Cantonese, taught citizenship courses for newly immigrated Chinese.

China Travel: Beijing, Hong Kong, Toushan, Gouangzhou, Xi’an.

International Travel: China, Japan, South Korea, Canada.

Hobbies: Theater, writing, photography, drawing, reading, Bridge

Heroes: My grandmother

Blog Beat: Relationships, Personal Success, Lifestyle, and Face


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Name: Jiang Li / 李江

Hometown: Beijing, China

Birthday: July 19

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University

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Job: Student in Harvard Class of 2017

China connection: Born and raised in Beijing for 17 years

China story: Born and raised in a Chinese family, lived in Beijing, Studied Chinese erhu, did charity project on Chinese Black Lung Patients

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Shangrao, Guiyang, Taiyuan, Hong Kong

International Travel: South Korea, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic

Hobbies: Piano, Erhu, Film, Tennis

Heroes: Fei Hsiao-Tung

Blog Beats: #Education, #Society, #Language, #Relationship, #Art


Name: Eric Liao / 廖安捷

Hometown: Taipei and San Jose

Birthday: July 21

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University

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Job: Store Communications Lead at Clover Food Lab

China connection: Grandma was from Dalian

China story: Chinese language classes and political science courses on Sino-U.S. relations at Harvard; Mandarin speaker.

China Travel: Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai

International Travel:Taiwan, Peru, Guatemala, Montreal, Japan, Germany, Vienna, Zurich, Prague, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Switzerland

Hobbies: Swimming, video making, backpacking

Heroes: Stephen Colbert, Ali Wong

Blog Beats: #Language, ##Understanding, #HumorMe, #InTransition, #Health, #Wellness


shiqilinName: Shiqi Lin / 林诗琦

Hometown: Beijing, China

Birthday: February 1

University Attended/Affiliated: Vassar College

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Job: Student

China connection: Born in Haikou, raised in Haikou, Chongqing, and Beijing

China story: Born and raised in China, read Chinese history, study Chinese politics and philosophy in college, love Mandopop and Chinese hard-nib calligraphy

China Travel: Beijing, Chongqing, Hainan, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Yunnan, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hebei, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Xinjiang, Gansu, Qinghai, Hong Kong, Macao

International Travel: United States, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Haiti

Hobbies: Reading, Ping Pong, food, music, Chinese hard-nib calligraphy

Heroes: Fei Xiaotong, Frantz Fanon, Nelson Mandela

Blog Beats: #lifestyle, #On Point, #Language, #Society



Name: Shako Liu

Hometown: Southern China

School Attended/Affiliated: University of Southern California

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Job: Producer

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai

International Travel: Canada, USA

Hobbies: Reading

In transition, lifestyle, language, and understanding, relationship
Contact: Contact Me

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Name: Sichun Liu / 刘思纯

Hometown: Qinhuangdao, China

Birthday: April 25, 1995

School Attended/Affiliated: Beijing No.4 High School; Cornell University

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Job: Student

China connection: Born in Qinhuangdao, raised in Beijing

China story: I have lived in Qinhuangdao(Hebei Province) for the first 4 years, and then in Beijing for the rest. Mandarin is my mother tongue, and I have audio recorded for Hong Kong mandarin curriculum for nine years. I love Chinese arts, history, and culture.

China Travel: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, Neimenggu, Liaoning, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shandong, Guangdong, Hainan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Shanxi, Qinghai, Ningxia, Hong Kong

International Travel: United States, Japan, Egypt, Singapore, Russia

Hobbies: Chinese Calligraphy, Swimming, Track and field, Singing, Tennis, Piano, Emcee, Recital

Heroes: Leehom Wang

Blog Beats: #lifestyle


Name: Sophie Lu 吕天菲

Hometown: Baltimore via Beijing via New York

Birthday: June 2

University Attended: Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

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Job: Fulbright Scholar

China connection: My dad is from the mainland (Shandong), mom is from Hong Kong (via Jiangsu). I lived in Beijing from 3-7 years old, and have come back to Beijing often for research/work/play. Most of my dad’s side of the family now live in Beijing, and it’s always felt like a second home for me.

China story: My life could’ve been like one of the workers in Leslie Chang’s Factory Girls. But instead, my dad got his Ph.D. in the US, stayed, and had me, affording me all the opportunities and privileges of being an American. But China has always been present in my life, particularly Beijing. I find myself constantly drawn to this place, both pulled back by the roots of my past, and drawn forward by the possibilities of my future.

China Travel: I’ve been all over the eastern seaboard of China. Also been to Inner Mongolia and Yunnan. Looking to take the opportunity this year to go further West to 西藏 and 新疆。

International Travel: Singapore, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Chile, the Caribbean, and Canada.

Hobbies: biking, cooking, eating, doodling on surfaces that I shouldn’t.

Heroes: Leslie Knope


Name: Yuying Luo /罗钰莹

Hometown: New Bedford, MA

Birthday: April 18

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University, New York University

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Job: MD Candidate at NYU School of Medicine

China connection: Born in Chengdu, Sichuan

China story: Born and raised in Chengdu and visits China frequently for family

China Travel: Sichuan, Beijing, Shanghai

International Travel: Canada (does that count?), UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria

Hobbies: Running, Traveling, Reading

Heroes: Atul Gawande, Bill Gates

Blog Beats: #OutrageousPhenomenon, #Lifestyle


Name: Max Meyer

Hometown: Spearfish, South Dakota, USA

Birthday: May 16, 1990

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard

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Job: Management Consultant

China connection: Friends, roommates, family of friends

China story: Visited Beijing and rural Yunnan as a high school junior, fell in love with the culture, cuisine, landscape, people — returned to the US and began a rigorous study of Chinese language. Now work as a management consultant in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

China Travel: Most/all major cities, HK, Taiwan, Hebei, Yunnan, Guangdong

International Travel: Europe, Central America, Caribbean, SE Asia

Hobbies: Jazz piano, freestyle skiing, golf, hunting

Heroes: David Gergen, Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Bernie Taupin

Blog Beats: #Music, #Fashion, #Business


Name: Dillon Powers

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Birthday: January 26

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University, Peking University

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Job: Research Assistant at Peking University

China connection: Loves Mandarin

China story: Studied Mandarin and Chinese/Taiwanese history at Harvard, worked in Nanjing after graduating in 2011 and recently moved to Beijing.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Qingdao, Wuxi, Xi’an, Wuhan, Guilin, Anhui

International Travel: Canada, Mexico, Italy, England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Iceland, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia.

Hobbies: Cello, Running, Singing, Weightlifting

Heroes: T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Jefferson, Ho Chi Minh

Blog Beats: #Outofsync, #OutrageousPhenomenon,#OnBeijing


Name: Graham Raubvogel / 冉嘉瑞

Hometown: Burlington, Vermont

Birthday: September 24

University Attended/Affiliated: New York University

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Job: Student/ Freelance Filmmaker

China connection: Studied Mandarin starting in high school, lived in Guangzhou for one year, pursuing a double major in Film and East Asian Studies.

China story: Last year, I took part in an internship with ORBIS International and directed three PSAs to be screened in rural Guangdong hospitals. In college, I hope to merge my interests in Chinese culture, history, and politics with filmmaking, including via my position as Director of Media for Global China Connection (GCC) NYU.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xi’an, Guilin, Hong Kong, Macau, and all over Guangdong, Sichuan, and Shanxi provinces.

International Travel: Canada, Italy, Greece, Turkey

Hobbies: Filmmaking, Photography, Food

Heroes: Ang Lee, Ingmar Bergman, Peter Hessler



Name: Mojia Shen / 沈墨佳

Hometown: Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China

Birthday: Nov 24

University Attended/Affiliated: Wellesley College

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Job: Student, Entrepreneur

China connection: Born and raised in China until 16.

China story: Compare Chinese traditional education and the International/ US education: how to become a creative thinker, entrepreneur.

China Travel: All major cities

International Travel: Turkey, Mexico, India, Malaysia

Hobbies: Hiking, photography, reading, writing

Heroes: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Malcolm Gladwell

Blog Beats: #entrepreneurship, #growth, #education


Name: Maggie Shi

Hometown: Nanjing, China

Birthday: April 25

University Attended/Affiliated: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Job: Account Executive of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

China connection: Born and raised in Nanjing, China

China story: Home is always the heaven.

China Travel: Beijing, Chengde, Inner Mongolia, Xi’an, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Suzhou, Wuxi, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau

International Travel:Japan, Thailand, Europe, United States, UK

Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, cooking, drawing, blogging

Heroes: my mom, Yinuo Li

Blog Beats: #travel #lifestyle #culture



Name: Kevin Slaten / 史凯文

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

University Attended/Affiliated: The Ohio State University; Ocean University of China

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Job: Program coordinator and rights advocate at China Labor Watch

China connection: Studied in, conducted research in, travel for work to China

China story: My study and research in China have generally revolved around civil society development and labor rights defense. Throughout, I have made some cherished friends and colleagues.

China Travel: (It’s less complicated to name provinces.) Shandong, Guangdong, Guizhou, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hebei, Fujian, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Beijing.

International Travel: Every continent but Africa, Australia, and Antarctica, though I hope to change this in the future.

Hobbies: Reading, poetry, weightlifting (the former is more a habit than a hobby)

Blog beats: #language and understanding, #success


Name: Cecilia Springer / 韩西亚

Hometown: Dallas, TX, USA

Birthday: June 27

University Attended/Affiliated: Brown University

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Job: Fulbright Researcher in Tianjin

China connection: Half-Chinese, started learning Chinese a few years ago

China story: Fulbright Research Project: Local involvement in the development of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City

China Travel: Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Huangshan, Shanghai, Suzhou, Taishan, Tianjin

International Travel: Central America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan

Hobbies: Running, Viola, Writing, Cooking/Baking

Heroes: Hillary Clinton, Mulan

Blog Beats: #Relationships, #Success

Name: Angela Sun (孙安琪)

Hometown: Beijing, China

Birthday: August 13

University Attended/Affiliated: Tufts University

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Job: International Relations major with aspirations in broadcast journalism

China connection: Spent 10+ years growing up in China, attending local Chinese schools for some of elementary and middle school

China story: Born in West Virginia, but moved back and forth between China and N. America…my years in China were formative to my powerful Beijing accent, feisty personality, and love for a good bargain.

China Travel: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hainan, Hunan, Xi’an, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Tianjin, etc. I’ve been to most provinces.

International Travel: US, Canada, China, Japan (briefly)

Hobbies: Having a good night out dancing on the town, rummaging through sales racks, venturing out into local neighborhoods for the best news stories, and maybe trying out some stand-up comedy

Heroes: In no particular order, Stephen King, Yang Lan, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa

Blog Beats: Pretty much all of them, #lostintranslation, #relationships, #onlyin…, #culture, #lifestyle, #success, #trends


danielName: Daniel Tedesco / 譚德馨

Hometown: Newark, DE, USA

Birthday: June 15

University Attended/Affiliated: Chongqing University, Peking University, Drexel University

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Job: Corporate Planning at ASC Fine Wines, Global China Connection (GCC) Chairman, Fulbright Fellow (2011)

China Connection: Lives in Shanghai, speaks fluent Mandarin

China Story: Originally interested in ancient Chinese philosophy, but quickly realized the growing importance of China’s relationship with the rest of the world. Devoted much of college and early career to building bridges between young leaders in China, U.S., and around the world.

China Travel: Big cities all over

Hobbies: Learning guitar and Spanish; going to rock concerts with my fiancee

Heroes: Abraham Lincoln, Laozi


Name: Alexandra Tirado / 武晨曦

Hometown: Clinton, North Carolina

Birthday: January 19, 1990

University Attended/Affiliated: Duke University, Peking University

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Job: Student

China connection: In high school, I was a part-time waitress at the only Chinese restaurant in my small southern town in NC. Since then, I’ve been fascinated with Chinese language, culture and history. Next year, I plan to attend law school and study both US and Chinese law.

China story: studied abroad in both Kunming and Beijing, recently completed a one-year JP Morgan
teaching fellowship in a rural city in Sichuan. Now, studying at Peking University to attain a professional fluency in Chinese.

China Travel: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Bazhong, Chengdu, Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai

International Travel: Uganda, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, China
Italy, Greece, South Korea, Rwanda, Belize, Puerto Rico, Dubai

Hobbies: kickboxing, tennis, basketball, paragliding

Heroes: Margaret Thatcher

Blog Beats: #personal success, #relationships, #trends, #lifestyle


Name: Vidya Viswanathan (万姗)

Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY

Birthday: September 3

University Attended: Harvard University

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Job: Student

China connection: Studied Mandarin, wrote for newspapers, and taught English in China at various times over the last 4 years. Grew up in a school district in Long Island that was 50 percent Asian–lots of 华人朋友!

China story: Ever since I sat in on a Mandarin class freshman year of college, and then studied abroad in Beijing the following summer (during the 2008 Olympic games), I have been fascinated by Chinese language, culture, politics, and history. I love bargaining in Chinese, singing in Chinese, and living part of my life in Chinese.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Chongqing, Suzhou, Anhui, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan

International Travel: India, China, Australia, Kenya, South Africa, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand

Hobbies: Writing, Nightmarket Shopping, Running, Reading, Being tall, Traveling, Learning Chinese, People-watching, Texting funny quotes from my parents to my brothers

Heroes: Nicholas Kristof, J.K. Rowling

Blog Beats:#OutOfSync, #OnTheTown, #Trends

Name: Angela Wang /王安琪

Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Birthday: February 12

University Attended/Affiliated: Columbia University

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Job: Financial Analyst on Wall Street

China connection: Chinese (born in Beijing), studied abroad 2004-2005 at the Yew Chung Int’l School of Beijing, studied abroad in Fall 2010 at Tsinghua University

China story: Study abroad experience sparked interest in China’s foreign policy and international relations

China Travel: Major cities

International Travel: Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea

Hobbies: Traveling, Movies, International Affairs, Reading memoirs

Heroes: Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson of Gilt Groupe, Condoleeza Rice

Blog Beats: #Lifestyle, #Travel



Name: Santi Wong

Hometown: Fuzhou, China / Baldwin, New York

Birthday: February 13

University Attended/Affiliated: Fordham University

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Job: Private Banker

China connection: Born in China

China Story: Spent my early childhood in China. Worked in Hong Kong.  Speaks Fujian dialect, Mandarin, and Cantonese

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Suzhou, Xian, and Xiamen

International Travel: France, U.K., Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan Caribbeans, and Canada

Hobbies: Martial Arts, Cooking, Painting, Photography, Music, Reading, Tennis, Volleyball, Ping-Pong, and Karaoke

Hero: Ellen DeGeneres

Blog Beats: #mentoring #philanthropy #diversity #leadership #travel #love


Name: Tiffany Wong / 黄慧涵

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Birthday: June 10

University Attended/Affiliated: University of California Berkeley, Peking University, Fudan University, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Job: content developer at harvardx on Chinax, a Chinese history course from the Neolithic to the contemporary.

China connection: Loves Chinese history and culture. Passionate about improving China’s rural education. Considers herself Chinese and American.

China story: Started teaching in rural China during my 11th grade summer and kept on going back, igniting my passion to improve rural education in China. Studied at Fudan University and Peking University for a semester each. Majored in Asian Studies with a concentration on China and History with a concentration on sino-US. Went on to teach in rural Sichuan and then on to study international education policy at HGSE. Am now helping to create a massive open online course on Chinese history that spans across four thousand years of history.

China Travel: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Henan, Hebei, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Yunnan, Fujian, Guangdong

International Travel: Canada, Mexico, Italy, England, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Bahamas, Sri Lanka

Hobbies: Drawing/Painting, Art History, History, Reading, Traveling, Tennis, Confu, Yoga, Horse back riding, Baking

Heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Helen Keller, Du Fu, Mulan

Blog Beats: #Outofsync, #OutrageousPhenomenon, #On the Town, #Language, #Communication


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Name: Alice Xia / 夏婷

Hometown: Hefei, Anhui Province, China

Birthday: July 8

University Attended/Affiliated: University of California, Irvine; Tsinghua University

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Job: MA Student/Asian Development Bank Translator

China connection: Born in China

China story: Sporadic periods of living and studying in Hefei and Beijing

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei, Nanchang, Dalian, Taiyuan, Xinjiang, Guilin, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia

International Travel: China, U.S.

Hobbies: Writing, Academia, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology/Neuroscience, Running

Heroes: My undergraduate professor, Dorothy Solinger, and my four-year-old baby brother

Blog Beats: #onthemove


Name: Anita Zu / 徐婧艾

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Birthday: February 14

University Attended/Affiliated: Syracuse University, Fudan University

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Job: Reporter and writer

China connection: Born and raised in Shanghai

China story: Lived in Shanghai for 23 years before embarking on a journalism career in the U.S.; wrote about China and Chinese culture for various media including CNN International, The Post and Courier and The Post-Standard

China Travel: Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Nanjing, etc.

International Travel: Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Greece, Czech Republic, Austria

Hobbies: TV shows, Cantonese, Spanish, technology and photography

Blog Beats: #In transition, #Starting out, #Travel

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Name: Kevin Yang / 杨令开

Hometown: Beijing, China

Birthday: February 29

University Attended/Affiliated: Columbia University

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Job: Student

China Connection: Born in Tianjin, Parents born in Beijing

China Story: International school experience in Beijing sparked interest in international relations and China’s relations with the world

China Travel: Beijing, Dali, Dalian, Fuzhou, Kunming, Lijiang, Qingdao, Shanghai, Tianjin, Yantai, Hong Kong

International Travel: United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Japan, South Korea

Hobbies: Tech, Traveling, Reading

Heroes: Li Kai Fu

Blog Beats: #On the Town, #Language, #Communication


Name: Sanyee Yuan

Hometown: San Francisco

Birthday: May 16

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard College (Graduated with a self-designed major in Narrative in Rhetoric & Performance + Citation in Spanish)

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Job: Disney Channel Movie Surfer at Disney, Entertainment News Reporter / Host on CCTV, YouKu,, LeTV, Film / Television Actress

Previously worked at: NBCUniversal as a West Coast Page, Story Analyst at Amazon Studios, Disney ABC Development Executive Assistant, Intern at the TV show, White Collar for the USA Network

China connection: My mom is from Taipei, Taiwan and my grandparents are from Shanghai.

China story: One of the best classes I took at Harvard came during my senior spring semester, focusing on East Asian Cinema. We watched movies from all time periods in different genres (martial arts action / horror / mystery / romance / historical) and set in Asian countries, from Shanghai to Japan to Korea to Hong Kong. It was inspiring to study and watch how the media industry and world of filmmaking has developed, changed, and flourished in Asia.

Additionally, in September 2013, I began working as the on-the-ground Hollywood reporter for CCTV, covering the entertainment news beat for a show called Culture Express. Whenever there are movie premieres / red carpets, film press junkets, awards shows like the Emmys, Golden Globes, Screen Actor Guild Awards, and Oscars, special events like Comic-Con or Wonder-Con, and fun pop culture events like fashion launches and art exhibits, we are there to cover the story! It’s been a dream of mine to cover entertainment news ever since I was in high school watching other entertainment news reporters on television and I am so happy that I get to share our exciting stories with audiences in China!

China Travel: I’ve actually only visited Taiwan a few times during my childhood to stay with my mother’s side of the family there. When I was a kid, I got a mosquito bite that never faded, leaving a scar on my forearm which I view as a constant reminder to return to Taiwan and also see China!

International Travel: Three years ago, I also studied abroad in Europe for the first time and ventured through Cambridge, London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Lake Como. Happy to cross Italy, France, the UK, and Scotland off my list, I still have more to see! Thankfully, work allows me to travel wherever there are film or TV productions happening. We get to go on set visits and shoot on very exciting projects of large scale!

Hobbies: Reading chick lit and other character-driven narratives, creative writing in the form of screenwriting for my pilots and features, nonfiction short stories, original chick lit novels, & motivational speeches, choreographing contemporary dances with stories, singing along to an array of YouTube videos, eating at food trucks or fusion restaurants with friends and family, and meeting new people!

Heroes: My mom, my older sister, Ryan Seacrest, Reese Witherspoon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and anyone who can wear multiple hats at the same time

Blog Beat: #PathfinderinLA


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Name: Lee Zhang/ 张力

Hometown: Zhejiang, China

Birthday: August 28

University Attended/Affiliated: New York University, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics

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Job:  PR & Communications Specialist

China connection: Born and raised in China before moving to the U.S. in August 2011

China story: Native speaker of Mandarin; Returned to China from the U.S. in December 2014; Currently work and live in Shanghai

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Zhoushan, Ningbo, Macau, Wuhan, Fuzhou, Nanjing

International Travel: UK, Canada, USA, Korea, Switzerland, Australia

Hobbies: Travel, Music, Food, Social Media, Networking

Heroes: Elaine Chao, Jack Ma

Blog Beats: #Lifestyle #Travel #Relationship #Education #Business


Name: Zara Zhang

Hometown: Changchun, China

Birthday: Oct 18

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard College

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Job: College Student

China connection: Lived in China for the first 16 years of my life

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Xi’an

International Travel: Singapore, Bhutan, Israel

Hobbies: Shopping

Heroes: Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama


Name: Yun Zhou (Juliet) / 周韵

Hometown: Nanjing, China

Birthday: August 21

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University, Peking University

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Job: PhD Candidate in Sociology (focus on gender, inequality, and stratification through a comparative and historical lens)

China connection: Chinese (born in Nanjing)

China story: Born and raised in Nanjing and went to Peking University; “China” may be a huge country we read about in news stories, but it is also a small place I call home

China Travel: All over

International Travel: Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States of America

Hobbies: Painting, Creative writing

Heroes: Virginia Woolf

Blog Beats: #Relationship



Name: Chellie Zou

Hometown: Elkhart, Ind.

Birthday: February 14

University Attended/Affiliated: Purdue University; Harvard University

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Job: Graduate Student

China connection: Chinese father.

China story: With a Chinese dad and American mom, I’ve spent most of my life finding a balance between both cultures. Learning how they intersect and blend has been fascinating. My grandparents live in Beijing and I’ve been visiting every year since I was four years old.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hainan, Hangzhou.

International Travel: Canada, Italy, UK, Ireland, Bahamas, Japan, Macao

Hobbies: Cooking, dancing, knitting, exploring new cities

Heroes: My parents

Blog Beat: Out of Sync



Name: Sara Zou/ 邹思娃

Hometown: Elkhart, Ind.

Birthday: February 14

University Attended/Affiliated: Harvard University; Purdue University

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Job: One in a Billion Branding and Social Media Producer; Graduate Student

China connection: My father is Chinese.

China story: I began traveling to China 23 years ago to visit my grandparents, who still live in Beijing.

China Travel: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hainan, Hangzhou.

International Travel: England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Macao, Bahamas

Hobbies: Dancing, Baton Twirling, Crafting, Horseback Riding, Golfing

Heroes: Mom and Dad

Blog Beats: On Point, On Lifestyle, On the Town, On the Move


Name: Will Zou/ 鄒述丞

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Birthday: October 2

University Attended/Affiliated: University of Melbourne, Peking University

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Job: Student

China connection: Born in Shanghai.

China Travel: Shanghai, Beijing, Sichuan, Hong Kong.

International Travel: Thailand, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, America.

Hobbies: Swimming, back country snowboarding, reading Classical Chinese.

Heroes: John Steinbeck, Lu Xun, 司馬遷

Blog Beats: #Out of Sync, #On the Move, #On Point, #On Lifestyle