Qianyu “Rachel” Zhang was born in Sichuan, China and got her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Hong Kong with majors in Comparative Literature and History. She was a Research Assistant in her second year to assist Professor Aaron Han Joon Magnon-Park on his book project analyzing Asian martial arts cinema. She did an internship at an investigative journalist start-up, American Media Institute, in the summer of 2015. She has always been interested in ancient civilizations, specifically their technology, arts, history, military strategies, social organizations, marriage systems and so forth. She takes special interest in ancient China and Japan. She has become increasingly interested in the marriage practices of ethnic minorities in China.
Rachel has been learning Wing Chun since the beginning of 2015 and has been training in Tai Chi since the beginning of 2016. She has also been increasingly interested in Daoist and Buddhist practices including meditation, fasting, and Daoist sexology. She has studied in the US, the UK, Czech Republic, Hong Kong and China and has traveled to Taiwan, Thailand, and various places within China. She spends her free time training in martial arts, reading, making YouTube videos, karaokeing, and watching Crash Course History.