Which graduate school were you attending when you participated in FPC?

I was a public policy master’s student at Cornell University when I attended FPC in 2014. My primary fields of interest were international economics and political economy. After FPC, I stayed in D.C. that summer and interned as a foreign correspondent covering economic and political news for one of the top financial news organizations in China. 

What are you doing now?  

I am currently finishing the last stage of my graduate study at Cornell and will hopefully pursue a job in macroeconomic research in the United States after graduation. I have also been a regular contributor for several news websites in China, writing on economic and political issues. 

How did FPC impact you? 

FPC was an exciting experience for me. I enjoyed the conversations with speakers from multiple fields. My deep interest in economic and diplomatic issues, along with U.S. economic history, has actually arisen from the site visit to the Department of the Treasury during FPC. I also made valuable friendships with many passionate and interesting Chinese students studying in the United States. 

What was your favorite part of FPC? 

My favorite part of FPC was the presentation given by Richard McGregor, the Washington D.C. bureau chief of the Financial Times. He discussed the interaction between news media and politics, and focused on the impact of politics on the objectivity of journalism. Richard’s own decades-long experience as a foreign correspondent, both in China and the United States, made him an excellent speaker on that topic. I agreed with his opinions and also volunteered to share my thoughts that day.  We ended up keeping in contact after the Colloquium.

Why should current Chinese graduate students attend FPC?

No matter what major you are studying in the United States, I would suggest that you do not miss this great opportunity, especially if you are interested in understanding the dynamics of the policy-making world in the United States. The FPC deeply engages participants in inspiring conversations with extraordinary guest speakers like politicians, researchers, NGO practitioners and journalists. Also, the site visits to government and congregational agencies, NGOs, think-tanks, and corporations are valuable experiences as most visitors to D.C. would not have the same opportunity. I think attending the FPC and spending three days in D.C., talking to nice people and opening up one’s mind, is a great way to kick off the summer break.

U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

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