I am an Asia enthusiast trained in law and based in Chicago. I was a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations for more than two years, writing on the future of Asia, Asia’s global role, and America in Asia. I write occasionally on this blog about both pressing current events and long-term regional trends.
Of the domestic affairs of Asian countries, I understand China’s with the greatest depth. I lived in China for two periods of intensive language study and about a year of independent research as a Fulbright research fellow. I spent time in 17 provinces and autonomous regions. Some of my most meaningful experiences in China came at important moments in the recent Chinese experience: among them are the Tibet riots, the Sichuan earthquake, the Beijing Olympics, and the global financial crisis. When time permits, I will share some of my personal experiences in these areas with you.
My initial exposure to the region came while I was a student at the University of Chicago, where I received my bachelor’s degree in history and began studying Chinese. Since then, I received my J.D. from New York University School of Law and have been engaged in research about China, India, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Russia. I have had the opportunity to see all of these countries first hand. I’ve also been able to observe the U.S. government perspective with placements at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. My interests include domestic matters in Asian emerging powers, relations among Asian governments and economies, and the role of the United States in the region.
I look forward to engaging with you on these topics, and hope you will freely share your own ideas and opinions on any of my posts.
Updated: December 2014
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