Shirley (Xuehan) Zhao, from Chengdu, China, is pursuing master’s degrees in East Asian studies and public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated from New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) in China with a bachelor’s degree in global China studies. Shirley aspires to study the history and understand the development of the Chinese mindset regarding foreign relations, primarily with Japan. At NYU Shanghai, she co-founded the International Criminal Court Student Network and the Sinica Chinese Cultural Community. A dancer and choreographer, she served as vice president and leading choreographer at XLS Dance Community. She worked as a research assistant at the Center for Global Asia in Shanghai, and interned at SDG Partners in Tokyo, where she contributed to creating Public-Private modalities for UN Women and promoting Global Partnership for Education in Asia. She received a Shanghai Municipal Scholarship, three NYU Shanghai Recognition Awards, and the JASSO Scholarship to study at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.