Originally from Fujian, China, Chen Shuting majored in Chinese Language and Literature at Beijing Normal University. Participating in a university-wide interdisciplinary program, she also took courses on Japanese language, history, and political science. Shuting was selected to study overseas at Tufts University for one summer, and completed an exchange semester at National Taiwan University in Taipei. During her undergraduate years, Shuting became passionately involved in volunteering and sports activities, and interned at leading tech companies and media organizations in China. Her educational and personal experiences have shaped her interest in cross-cultural studies. Prior to Yenching, she has conducted coursework and research projects on Sinophone literature, China’s internal and transnational migrations, and Japanese literature after the Second World War, focusing particularly on cultural identity and historical awareness. At the Yenching Academy, Shuting hopes to better understand literature and culture in today’s China, and gain more insights into the multidimensional interactions between East and Southeast Asia.