Emily is a Political Science – International Relations major who will be studying at Keio University in Japan. She grew up in Taiwan before moving to Irvine in 10th grade. Emily’s mom used to be a Japanese teacher, so she grew up under some influence of Japanese culture.
Prior to college, she took a gap year and interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan. Dazzled by her colleagues’ stories from serving at their posts abroad, she was determined to see the world herself. Through extensive planning, she managed to study abroad in Japan, France, and Switzerland throughout college. She also participated in the UC Washington Program (UCDC) in fall 2016 and interned at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a transdisciplinary research think tank. She is a research assistant at the Department of Political Science, working on a project funded by the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program that seeks to make sense of the political communication on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In 2014, Emily was appointed by the International Olympic Committee as Youth Olympic Games Ambassador and was part of the Chinese Taipei delegation at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. She continues to mentor young elite athletes in Taiwan.
Emily hopes to master the Japanese language during her time in Japan and become integrated into the Japanese society. Her career and research interest lies at the intersection of sustainable development, environmental policy, and urban planning. She would like to discover the cultural context behind many of Japan’s policies and societal norms. Studying international relations and studying abroad have allowed her to see the world.
Though often away from San Diego, Emily is dedicated to the knowledge transfer of her off-campus experiences and tries to make more students aware of the resources available in college.