2018 Huang Program Scholars
Ellie Koepplinger is a graduate of UWC Costa Rica, and is currently at UC Berkeley studying for an undergraduate degree in Economics and Chinese. Academically, Ellie is fascinated by the role of both central banking and corporate policy in the macro-economy. Why is it that multi-national corporations are more economically efficient than governments? She is also passionate about the complexity behind medieval Chinese literature, and loves music and dancing in her spare time. Born in Scotland, Ellie aspires to utilize her fluency in Mandarin Chinese and her international experience living in both Costa Rica and California to bring a global perspective to her future workplace.
Paige Strockis is currently a sophomore double majoring in Political Economy and Art History with a minor in Chinese language. Her concentration in economic studies focuses on a deeper understanding of U.S. and Chinese relations, as well as a focus on contemporary artistic iconographic exchange between Western and Asian societies within her Art History major. When she is not in class or hitting the books, she is exploring herself through painting, listening to psychedelic rock, and hiking. Paige is over the moon to be a Huang Scholar and to have the inimitable experience of engaging with Chinese contemporary art, music, nature, language, and society.
Alexia Armstrong is a sophomore majoring in Political Science. Growing up in Switzerland in a bilingual Franco-English household fostered her love of languages at a very early age, and she has continued to develop this interest through studies of Spanish, Mandarin, and Italian. She loves travel, adventure and everything outdoors, and is excited to have the opportunity to discover a whole new continent and the rich culture of China over the next two summers.
Grace Hunter is a second-year majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Chinese. Growing up, she learned a little Chinese from family members, but didn’t begin studying the language in earnest until high school. Now, she is determined to become fluent enough to live and work in China. She is excited to be a part of the Huang Program, and hopes her summers in China will help her reach her language goals and develop a better understanding of Chinese culture. As an aspiring digital product designer, she looks forward to taking on the fascinating challenge of adapting Chinese products for the American market, and vice versa. Outside of class, Grace is an avid figure skater and also enjoys cooking, hiking, and reading.
Kristina Schagane is currently a second-year student at UC Berkeley, intending to study Public Health and Environmental Economics. She is a girl who loves to go camping and spend time outdoors, and also holds an interest in fashion. She first started studying Chinese in high school and has found learning Mandarin to be an integral part of reconnecting with her own heritage. She is excited to be a Huang Scholar and aspires to not only use the program as an opportunity to communicate with her family, but also to make a positive impact in China in the future.
Aubrey Hills is a junior majoring in Conservation and Resource studies with a focus on waste management and public policy, and minoring in Chinese. She views learning Chinese as a way to challenge herself, as well as a way to take a step towards improving environmental policies in both the US and China. She looks forward to learning more about the history and culture of China, and to meeting many new interesting people throughout this program. Currently, Aubrey is a zero waste coordinator on the Berkeley campus, and the communications associate for the Student Environmental Resource Center.
Dylan Goldfine-Middleton is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Linguistics and Chinese. First exposed to Chinese language and culture through his childhood best friend, he later enrolled in a Cantonese course in community college, a highly transformative and fulfilling experience which inspired him to subsequently take classes in Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and several other languages. In addition to his studies, Dylan also enjoys hunting for mushrooms and cooking for family and friends in his free time. Cognizant of China’s superlative regional and global significance, he hopes to utilize the incredible opportunities afforded by the Huang Program to further realize his goal of bridging linguistic, cultural, and ideological divides between people in our increasingly interconnected world.
Edgar Hernández Gallegos
Edgar Hernández Gallegos is a third-year student at UC Berkeley double-majoring in Asian Studies and Linguistics. After immigrating to the United States from Mexico as a child, Edgar was exposed to a new culture which allowed him to widen his view of the world and also instilled within him an appreciation of cultural diversity around the world. Having this appreciation of cultural diversity around the world sparked his interest in learning foreign languages and ultimately led him to study Mandarin. He hopes that participating in the Huang Program will allow him to further develop all his skills in Mandarin (particularly his speaking skills). After graduating from Berkeley, he plans to attend graduate school in China in order to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese society and consequently have a more holistic view of the world.
Harsimran Bhandal is a 3rd year student double majoring in Biochemistry and French, and minoring in Chinese. Harsimran is eager to study in China, and complete an internship in Taiwan. As a pre-med student, he believes that the best way to practice medicine is to not only have a comprehensive understanding of medicine, but also the cultural competency necessary to understand one's patients. Harsimran hopes as Huang scholar to sharpen his Chinese skills, as well as expose himself to Chinese culture. He sincerely thanks UC Berkeley's Chinese department and Charles Huang for offering him such a tremendous opportunity.
Joshua Lin is a second-year student currently studying Asian Studies and Environmental Sciences. As a Chinese-Indonesian American, he grew up learning Indonesian at home, so he first began learning Chinese during his freshman year at UC Berkeley. He chose to study Mandarin so that he could one day use the language to research Chinese society and learn more about his Chinese heritage and Chinese social values regarding the environment. Ultimately, Joshua hopes to one day use everything he learns from his experience in China to teach future students China’s unique political and social intricacies.
Keika Shumiya is currently a junior majoring Global Studies with a focus on Asia. She was born in Yanbian, Jinlin Procine of China as a member of an ethnic minority called 'Chaoxianzu' (朝鲜族). In Yanbian, people speak both Korean and Chinese and have a mixed culture. After she immigrated to Japan, she realized that she had lost touch with her native languages and culture. Being part of Huang Program allows her to improve her Chinese and reconnect with her native identity. In the future, Keika hopes to contribute to her hometown's economic development and bridge the Chaoxianzu community and Han community.
2017 Huang Program Scholars
Revyn Crowley is a junior majoring in American Studies. Her concentration focuses on international law, particularly war crimes and humanitarian law. She's excited to not only have a greater command of Chinese language but also learn about the culture, politics, and society.
Nadelyn Jhervis L. Lim
Nadelyn Jhervis L. Lim is currently a freshman at UC Berkeley. She is planning to pursue a B.S. in Nutritional Science in the College of Natural Resources with a double minor in Linguistics and Chinese. She is a very adventurous girl who loves travelling, dancing, taking pictures, writing, listening to different genres of music, and learning languages, a newly founded passion that she hopes to pursue more of in the future. She is so excited to be a part of this Huang Program where she could hopefully learn a lot more about the Chinese culture, heritage and language through exposure and immersion.
Hoyun is currently a sophomore majoring in Economics and minoring in Chinese and Education. Although Freshman year was her first time learning Chinese, she has always been interested in China's economic potential and the country’s relationships with the two Koreas and the US. As a Korean international student and aspiring graduate student, she hopes being a part of the Huang Program will help her better understand Mandarin and the culture behind it, and eventually tackle common issues in East Asia such as economic inequality and the educational system. Her other interests include puzzles, animation, and philosophy.
Austin Maxwell Frenes
Austin Frenes is a second-year student studying political science and linguistics. He first started learning Chinese by practicing with some friends in high school. He speaks four languages, but the Chinese language has a special place in his heart because of all of the close friends he has made along the way. He is fascinated by how much his hometown's demographics changed since his childhood, and how China plays a huge role in it. He is very grateful to be a Huang Scholar, and will make the most of this amazing opportunity to prepare him to improve ties not just among governments, but among peoples.
Isaac is a second-year student double-majoring in Political Economy and Chinese Language. His interest in Chinese language and culture began after living in Shanghai in early 2015, and he is excited to return this summer. He is honored to be taking part in the Huang Program, and hopes that language immersion and work experience in China will prepare him for his career goal of working on climate change policy between the US and China. He is looking forward to continuing his Chinese studies with the Huang Program and to getting to know new people and new places along the way.
I am a second-year international student from Turkey, hoping to major in Economics and Computer Science with a minor in Chinese (and possibly in Astrophysics). I enjoy reading, traveling and learning new languages -most of which happen to be programming languages. I have started learning Chinese in UC Berkeley in my freshman year and since then, my interest of Chinese culture, language and literature has grown each day. I hope through being a part of the Huang program I can improve my fluency as well as experiencing a life changing summer with amazing food, new friends and exposure to Chinese language and customs. I look forward to interning in China and hope to live in China in the future.
Mira Chaplin is a first-year student studying Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chinese. She started studying Chinese in middle school and has lived and studied in several cities in mainland China. Mira hopes to improve access to clean water for all, and is working towards doing so in Engineers Without Borders. Over winter break, she traveled with a team to Panama, where she worked with the community to prepare plans for implementing a water distribution system. This summer she can’t wait to go back to her favorite places in Beijing, like the Lu Xun museum and the outdoor market near her host family’s house. She hopes to reach professional fluency in Chinese, furthering her career goals of working on environmental research or environmental policy in China. In her free time, she loves hiking, ceramics, and tea.
Blue Fay is a freshman and intended linguistics and sociology major. He started studying Chinese in high school and developed a deep appreciation for the picto-phonetic aspects of the language. He hopes that while in China he will have the opportunity to pursue an internship in an urban art and literary scene, and looks forward to becoming more adept at speaking the language. He would like to eventually work for an international publishing house as a translator, and to use his Chinese abilities therein.
Tracy Yan is a second-year student intending to major in Economics and minor in Education. She grew up speaking Cantonese to her parents and attending Mandarin school on the weekends. However, she lost touch of her passion for Chinese when she quit going to Chinese school in the pursuit of other extracurriculars. It was not until she joined Project Pengyou at UC Berkeley did her interest in Chinese language and culture rekindle. Tracy wants to use her knowledge in economics and education to help alleviate the education inequality in China. In the future, she hopes to work in a NGO to raise awareness about left-behind children and empower the teachers in remote areas.
Sam Good is a first year majoring in Environmental Science Engineering, hoping to pursue a double major in Chinese and minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She spent her junior year of high school living in Beijing, via the School Year Abroad study abroad program for high school students, where she lived with a host family that fostered her love of the Chinese language and culture. She is ecstatic to have the opportunity to return to Beijing, and see them again. In the future, she hopes to work towards preventing environmental degradation while pursuing environmental justice efforts in China and around the world!
Adora Lily Svitak
Adora Svitak is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Development Studies and minoring in South Asian Studies. In past summers, she has interned at Tata Communications in New Delhi (conducting research on corporate social responsibility programs) and written content for TED's education division. Today she writes for UC Berkeley’s Social Science Matrix and is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Berkeley Political Review. Though many of Adora’s academic interests bring her to places far-flung from her Chinese and European roots, Adora has studied Chinese since her sophomore year at Berkeley and is deeply interested in the subjects of minorities, politics, and urbanization in modern China.
2016 Huang Program Scholars
Joyce S. Luong
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