Shirley (Xuehan) Zhao, from Chengdu, China, is pursuing a master’s degree in East Asian studies 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.