Language Based Area Studies (2016 cohort)
I am interested in how the lives of nomadic ethnic minorities have been effected by China’s growth. I plan to investigate the hardships they face in preserving their identity and culture whilst being subject to discrimination and, in many cases, poverty. My research will focus on and compare the experiences of three nomadic ethnic groups: Amdo Tibetans of Qinghai and Gansu, Kazakhs of Xinjiang and the Evenki of Inner Mongolia.
I received an LLM in International Law from the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. My previous research focused on the issues of implementation of law in cases of domestic and transnational environmental crime in China. Upon my graduation, I worked in the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Beijing for 6 months. My tasks included aiding in research and finalizing the United Nations Development Assistance Framework to China and launching the Sustainable Development Goals. During my time at the United Nations, I was in close contact with many of the UN agencies in China and had the pleasure of attending seminars on various issues including South-South Cooperation on climate change, gender equality and China’s involvement in UN peacekeeping missions.