Clarinda Blais joined the National Committee in August 2019 after spending a year in China as a Schwarzman Scholar. During her one-year fellowship—a major component of the National Committee-Schwarzman Scholars Partnership—she is developing and executing bi-annual seminars for Schwarzman College alumni to continue their engagement in China-related issues. Ms. Blais also organizes activities for current Schwarzman Scholars to participate in various National Committee programs taking place in China, and develops new alumni programs to accommodate the needs of a growing Schwarzman alumni network. Having grown up in a small town in central New York, she is motivated to explore opportunities for connection between China and rural America. As such, she plans to work on the Committee’s Subnational Initiatives and is interested in Chinese greenfield investment in rural America, specifically.

Ms. Blais graduated from Boston University in 2017, where she studied philosophy and became very curious about China. She began taking Mandarin as a freshman in college, which has since brought her to Fudan University, rural parts of Henan province, and most recently, Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her areas of previous research include comparisons in Aristotelian and Confucian notions of goodness, and rural interpretations of the ‘Chinese Dream’. Aside from all things China, Ms. Blais enjoys film, exploring New York, and being active.

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