The Co-President of PUCC, Eric is a junior majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, pursuing a certificate in East Asian Studies and Values and Public Life. Eric is particularly interested in US-China legal exchange, China’s religious developments, and prospects for US-China cooperation within multilateral institutions such as the UN and WTO. On campus, Eric has conducted research on law in authoritarian regimes for Princeton’s Program on Law and Public Affairs, and is currently conducting research on religion, foreign media, and legal systems in China for both the Woodrow Wilson School and the Lichtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. Summer 2016, he interned at the U.S. State Department in Shenyang, China, and co-founded Princeton Global Youth Leaders, an intensive non-profit, leadership-training program for Chinese high-school students held at Peking University. In 2015, Eric won the Inter-University Speech contest at Beijing Language and Culture University, where he spoke on the dangers and opportunities associated with China’s revivalist nationalism.
Sammy is a Junior majoring in Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in Chinese and Statistics. Before entering Princeton, he spent a year in India through the Princeton Bridge Year Program where he taught at a school called NIRMAN and learned sitar. At Princeton, Sammy participates in a variety of activities, including A Cappella and Club Soccer. He's also worked as a research assistant in the Politics Department. Over his summers, Sammy attended Princeton in Beijing, based at Beijing Normal University, and worked as a policy analyst at the Manhattan Institute in Washington D.C. He's currently enrolled in a WWS seminar on China (with Eric) and is writing his junior paper about the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
Andrew is a Sophomore on a pre-health track, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursuing certificates in Global Health & Health Policy and East Asian Studies. Outside of PUCC, Andrew is heavily involved in the Princeton International Relations Council; he is a member of the Princeton Model United Nations Team and is also is involved in organizing Princeton’s high school Model UN conference. Andrew is also involved in the Asian American Students Association’s Political Projects Board, serves on a committee of the Undergraduate Student Government, and staffs the National High School Model United Nations Conference. Over the summer, Andrew engaged in health policy research at the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is intensely passionate in the fields of medicine, policy, and US-China relations.
Nina is a Sophomore majoring in Politics, with certificates in East Asian Studies and History & the Practice of Diplomacy. Nina interned at the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei this past summer and wrote for their Business TOPICS Magazine. At Princeton, she is involved in Business Today, working as the Assistant Director of Student Relations for the 2016 Women in Business Conference, and in Petey Greene, as Community Development Chair. She also interns at Princeton Alumni Weekly. Before Princeton, Nina spent a gap year working and traveling across Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. In high school, Nina studied in China for six weeks through the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth.
Ethan Petno is a sophomore pursing a major in the Woodrow Wilson School. He has been an active student of Chinese and Middle Eastern international relations and history for many years. He has been published in China Hands Magazine. Last summer he attended Princeton in Beijing, completing his third year of Chinese studies. In addition to PUCC, Ethan is a member of the Princeton University Orchestra.
Natalie is a freshman interested in majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School with a potential certificate in either East Asian or Environmental Studies. Prior to Princeton, Natalie participated in the Princeton Bridge Year Program in Southwest China where she lived with a host family and served as an intern for a non-governmental organization focused on climate change prevention and pesticide reduction. Before her gap year, she travelled to China with a group of journalists in Beijing and Shanghai, where she worked as an assistant and translator. In high school, Natalie founded the Saint Ann’s Project Pengyou chapter, a group devoted to promoting study abroad opportunities and educating American students about Chinese language and culture at the high school level. This past summer, she served as an interpreter for the Vice President of the Chinese Daoist Association on his speaking tour of the U.S. Here at Princeton, Natalie is an active member of Green Princeton and Princeton Faith and Action, in addition to playing club rugby.
Walter is a sophomore in the Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department and pursing certificates in Machine Learning and Computer Science. At Princeton, he serves as the treasurer for the Princeton Chinese Students Association. After a summer at Princeton in Beijing, where he completed 5th year Chinese language study, he not only saw how Sino-American relations were incredibly important to shaping the world in the future, but was spurred to explore Classical Chinese at Princeton. Walter is also involved with the Princeton Corporate Finance Club and the Math Club.
Anna Kolstad is a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering, with a certificate in East Asian Studies. Before beginning Princeton, Anna participated in the Bridge Year Program, during which she lived in Kunming with a homestay family, studied Chinese, and volunteered at a local NGO providing services to migrant workers and their families. At Princeton she has continued studying Mandarin. She spent this past summer interning at a Taiwanese medical device startup in Taipei, through the support of the Streicker International Fellowship. On campus, in addition to PUCC, Anna is involved in dance department performances and Engineers Without Borders.
Sofie is a freshman interested in majoring in the East Asian Studies department. Before attending Princeton, Sofie attended the Bridge Year Program in Kunming, China. In Kunming, she volunteered at local NGO called Jiaxin, where she taught supplementary English, Chinese, Math, and Science to children and worked to build relationships with struggling families in Kunming's migrant communities to provide children with schooling and healthcare.
Yanzhe (Arthur) Li is a freshman interested in majoring the Woodrow Wilson School and is considering a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. He is a Hui minority in China and grew up in a mosque in Jining, Shandong (济宁，山东, where Confucius was born! ). He then moved to Shanghai at the age of nine and continued his studies there. Yanzhe has developed a good understanding of both developed and developing cities in China. He is also interested in the Muslim community in China and the identities of the people from Islam-related minority groups. In high school, Yanzhe founded the Model UN Club and established an extensive network with students who are also interested in international relations, especially China’s future role in the world. Yanzhe wants to bring PUCC and its events back to Chinese high schools and universities and to bring people interested in China-US relations together.
Andrew is a freshman planning to major in Computer Science and considering getting a certificate in East Asian Studies. After his most recent trips to China during the past two summers, he became interested in Chinese social and cultural affairs and hopes to work in China one day. He is currently taking 4th year Chinese and plans to complete his 5th year Chinese language studies at Princeton in Beijing next summer. Other than being a member of PUCC, Andrew plays viola in the Sinfonia Orchestra and is part of the Badminton club.
Brandon is a freshman pursuing a degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs with a certificate in East Asian Studies. Prior to Princeton, Brandon began studying Chinese in middle school and was deeply involved in the Central Florida Chinese community. He was the president of his school’s Chinese Club, a performer in the annual Chinese New Year Gala, a USF State Chinese Competition finalist, and a volunteer at a local Chinese school. At Princeton, he is also involved in Jewish Learning Fellowship, Club Lacrosse, and various organizations related to domestic and international affairs.
Justin is a sophomore planning to major in mathematics who also has a strong interest in economics as well as a broader interest in public policy. Having studied contemporary Chinese society in Beijing this past summer, he is particularly interested in China is unique in its incredible economic and social dynamism. Organizations other than PUCC in which Justin is involved in include the Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and Princeton's Pre-Law Society
Seth is a freshman considering a degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to attending Princeton, Seth studied Chinese throughout high school and travelled to China for seven weeks through the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth program. He plans to participate in Princeton in Beijing this upcoming summer and achieve fluency in Mandarin while at college. Outside of PUCC, Seth develops his public speaking skills in Speak with Style and studies violin performance with Eric Wyrick.
Jackie is a freshmen intending to major in math-track Economics. Having lived in China for three years, he has tons of experience interacting with Chinese citizens on a grass-roots level. He is currently taking the highest-level Mandarin courses, hoping to make an impact in U.S.-China relations or to pursue possible business endeavors with China after Princeton.
Caleb Visser is a first year student from Williamsburg, Virginia interested in studying at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. Prior to beginning his studies at Princeton, Caleb participated in the Princeton Bridge Year Program where he lived in Dakar, Senegal with a homestay family; studied Wolof and French language and culture; and interned at the Senegalese-based grassroots development NGO, Tostan. While in Senegal he began cultivating an interest in China and Chinese international development. This summer he conducted research with the Teaching, Research and International Policy lab of the College of William and Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. His interest in PUCC stems from his passion for people, and he is excited to dive in and learn more about China through the group’s emphasis on grassroots connections. Caleb is also involved with the Global Development Network at Princeton, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar of Virginia, and he teaches ESL and civic classes at El Centro.
Julie Goldstein is a Junior from Miami, Florida. She is an East Asian Studies major with a focus on Chinese Contemporary Society. Julie began studying Chinese in high school, and continues her language studies at Princeton. During Summer 2016, Julie participated in Princeton's "Contemporary Chinese Society" Global Seminar, in which she learned about China from legal, academic, economic, geographic, and demographic perspectives. Julie hopes to work in Asia after graduation; for now, she is excited to contribute to the PUCC.
Catherine is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering also considering certificates in East Asian Studies and Finance. While at Princeton, Catherine has studied Human Rights in China, which inspired her to join Princeton U.S. China Coalition. This year she's taking a course in Asian-American History and is planning on taking Chinese. She currently works as a Fellow at the Writing Center and is the editor of The Street section of The Daily Princetonian.
Donald is a freshman who is considering studying Politics and a certificate in East Asian Studies. After matriculating at Princeton, he took a gap year aimed at studying languages and personal skill development, over the course of which he went to Canada, Germany, and China. His most notable experience was going to Shanghai, which kindled his interest in the Chinese culture and language. He is currently continuing his studies in Mandarin at Princeton. His other extracurriculars include a Spanish play and various language-related clubs.