Natalie is a junior in the East Asian Studies department, pursuing a certificate in journalism. Before her first year at Princeton, Natalie worked at an environmental NGO in Yunnan Province through the Bridge Year Program. She participated in the Princeton in Beijing program after her first year, and worked on the marketing team for Salesforce this past summer. Natalie directed the Global Governance Forum in 2017 and previously ran Career and Alumni Relations for PUCC. On campus, Natalie is a Resident College Advisor, tour guide, and news writer for the Daily Princetonian.
Sofie Kim is a junior in the East Asian Studies department. After high school, she spent a year in China, where she developed a passion for US China Relations. Sofie has been a member of PUCC since her freshman year, and Director of Operations since her sophomore year.
Rebecca is a freshman from Tuscaloosa, AL. She is interested in majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and pursuing certificates in East Asian Studies and other fields. Though she speaks Mandarin at home, she has never studied the language until arriving to Princeton and is excited by the campus's vibrant Chinese-speaking community. She is interested in possibly studying or researching human rights and the impacts of industry on the environment in China. and At Princeton, she writes for the News section of the Daily Princetonian and is involved with Trego Singers, the Princeton Chinese Theatre, the Playwright's Guild, and the Conservation Society.
Cindy is a freshman from Rockville, Maryland. She intends to major in Economics with possible certificates in Applications of Computing and Creative Writing. Having visited China many times throughout her life, she wants to learn more about the economic and business relations between U.S. and China. Outside of PUCC, Cindy is involved in Envision Conference, Chinese Students Association, and KoKo Pops Dance Company. She would love to study abroad in China or another East Asian country during her time at Princeton.
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Jackie is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School. Having lived in China for three years, he has tons of experience interacting with Chinese citizens on a grass-roots level. He hopes to make an impact in U.S.-China relations or to pursue possible business endeavors with China after Princeton.
Kisara is a freshman from Austin, Texas. She’d like to pursue a concentration either in East Asian Studies or the Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in East Asian Studies. She spent the past school year on the Bridge Year Program in China, where she worked at two Kunming-based NGOs that address environmental and rural welfare issues on both the local and national scale. The experience solidified her interests in China as well as its intersection with Japanese and Korean cultures, politics, and economics. Outside of PUCC, she writes for Princeton’s American Foreign Policy Magazine and is involved in Princeton for North Korean Human Rights, the Princeton University Language Project, and the Entrepreneurship Club.
Jack is a sophomore interested in majoring in Slavic Studies, and looking to gain certificates in East Asian Studies, French and Journalism. He participated in the Bridge Year Program in Kunming, China, in 2016-17, and spent last summer studying Chinese through Princeton-in-Beijing. Jack's academic interests include Sino-Soviet and Sino-Russian relations, Chinese linguistic integration policies and comparative communist/post-communist studies. Outside of the classroom, Jack is a member of Princeton's club field hockey team, covers restaurant openings and the arts for The Prospect, and is an operations coordinator for Camp Kesem Princeton.
Owen is a Freshman interested in majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School. Owen has always been interested in China, and has been taking Mandarin classes since sixth grade. Last year, she finally got the opportunity to travel to China as a participant of Princeton’s Bridge Year Program. Owen lived with a homestay family in the city of Kunming, where she volunteered for a non-governmental organization that works to support rural-to-urban migrant communities. At Princeton, Owen is a member of Running Club, Princeton University Nonprofit Consulting, and Fuzzy Dice Improv Comedy. Owen is very excited to experience her first PUCC conference this April!
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Nikhita is a Sophomore interested in majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in East Asian Studies. She participated in the Bridge Year Program in Kunming, China prior to coming to Princeton and worked at an environmental NGO concerned with reducing pesticide usage and creating links between urban consumers and farmers. She has continued her interest in Chinese language and affairs by participating in the Princeton in Beijing language program this past summer and working with the PUCC Conference team these past two years! Here on campus she also serves on the Secretariat of Princeton's MUN conference and as Secretary for the International Relations Council, volunteers as an English tutor at El Centro, and edits for the Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies.
Ryan is a freshman majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursuing a certificate in East Asian Studies. In middle school, he lived and attended public school in Taipei, Taiwan, where he became fluent in Mandarin and developed an interest in growing political tensions between Taiwan and the mainland. Before coming to Princeton, Ryan participated in Princeton’s Bridge Year China Program in Kunming, China, where he worked at a local child welfare NGO that aimed to provide educational, living, and counseling resources to migrant children. There, he acted as an interpreter between local and foreign organizations, an organizer of awareness events, and an English teacher to students in pop-up schools for migrant children. After college, Ryan hopes to pursue a career abroad in foreign service and work in U.S.-China relations, promoting economic and cultural exchange between both countries that have such crucial roles in shaping today’s world. When not in class, Ryan is also a member of Princeton club fencing and Princeton’s Latin dance group, Más Flow.
Chris Walton is a Sophomore from Pennington, New Jersey, majoring in Politics with a focus on international relations. Chris became involved with PUCC after spending last Summer in China teaching at a Model UN camp, during which he spent time in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. His academic interests include conflict studies, human rights, and Eastern European politics. Outside of PUCC, he Co-Chairs Rocky College Council, is a member of the lightweight rowing team, and is on the USG Campus and Community Affairs Committee.
Sophie is a sophomore from Hong Kong interested in majoring in Politics and pursuing certificates in Journalism and East Asian Studies. As a current US university student with Chinese roots, she is fascinated by the intersections of culture and history with current US-China affairs. Sophie's academic interests include human rights, China studies, international relations, and conflict prevention. On campus, she is also involved with the Princeton Re-entry and Employment Program, Community House, the CONTACT Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline, and the Princeton Debate Panel.
Matthew is a senior in the Politics department with certificates in East Asian Studies and Statistics and Machine Learning. In the past three years, Matthew has spent 11 months studying, working, and living in Mandarin-speaking East Asia. Last summer, he was a research intern in Dunhuang, Gansu at the Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. He also studied and interned at the Tsinghua University Department of International Relations. Outside of PUCC, Matthew is served as the Administrative Vice-President of the Princeton Debate Panel and a research assistant for the Department of Politics and Center on Contemporary China.
Jacqueline is a freshman from San Jose, California. She plans to major in Computer Science with potential certificates in Creative Writing and Finance. Her interests primarily lie in the intersection of personal and political narratives that arise from life in contemporary China. In addition to PUCC, Jacqueline also edits for Unfound: The Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies and serves as a Quantitative Strategist for Princeton Effective Altruism Investments. She currently resides in Wilson College.
Grace is a freshman interested in majoring in Economics, Politics, or the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in History and the Practice of Diplomacy or American Studies. She is particularly interested in the current climate of US-China Relations, especially in terms of economics and politics. Beyond PUCC, Grace is involved on campus with the Princeton Debate Panel, Business Today, and Princeton University Nonprofit Consultants. She is also a member of the Asian American Students Association.
Francesca Block is a freshman interested in majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, while also pursuing a certificate in East Asian Language and Culture. Francesca recently returned from participating in Princeton’s Bridge Year Program in Kunming, China, where she volunteered at a social enterprise focused on helping women in difficult circumstances find new opportunities and livelihoods. Francesca started studying Chinese as a freshman in high school, and her passion and intellectual curiosity for the language and culture continues to expand. Francesca hopes to continue studying the Chinese language at Princeton while also learning more deeply about Chinese history and politics. Outside of PUCC, Francesca is a competitive skater on the Princeton University Figure Skating Team and is a peer buddy for Princeton’s Best Buddies chapter.
TJ is a sophomore intending to study Politics with potential certificates in Political Economy and Vocal Performance. He is currently taking heritage track Chinese and is interested in researching Chinese politics next year. On campus, TJ sings with the Nassoons, Princeton’s oldest a cappella group, as well as the Glee Club, Princeton’s oldest choir. He is also a member of the Princeton Debate Panel.
Brandon is a junior pursuing a major in East Asian Studies and a certificate in Ethnographic Studies through the Anthropology Department. He has been involved with PUCC since his freshman year. Over the past summers, Brandon has attended Princeton in Beijing and has worked in Shanghai as a marketing and public relations intern. Through his experiences, Brandon has become incredibly interested in better understanding Chinese markets and society in the hopes of fostering cross-cultural dialogue. Outside of PUCC, Brandon is a member of the club lacrosse team and contributes to The Princeton Centrist.
Madeline is a sophomore from San Diego, California who is pursuing a major in Economics with a certificate in Environmental Studies. She is interested in exploring the intersection of economics and U.S. China Policy through PUCC. On campus, Madeline is a percussionist in the Princeton University Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. She is involved in the Pace Center’s Service Focus program, in which she collaborates with faculty members and fellow students on projects tackling food justice. Madeline is also a member of Princeton Women in Economics and Policy where she delves deeper into the topics of economics, politics, and public policy with fellow undergraduate women.
Ron is a freshman Computer Science major pursuing certificates in Finance and Statistics/Machine Learning. He spent a year in China working at JFrog China (a tech startup) and Save the Children Hong Kong (an international NGO). Outside of PUCC, he is an member of the Entrepreneurship Club and Academics Committee, and is a Venture Partner at Contrary Capital, a university-focused VC fund. He is fascinated by the questions, challenges, and opportunities China’s rise presents.