Weiqiong Sun was born and raised in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. She received her B.A. degree from Nanjing University, majoring in English with a minor degree in Accounting. Weiqiong’s primary interest is in contemporary China and East Asian regional integration. Field research sponsored by the University of Tokyo and Korea University enabled her to understand the status quo of China, Japan, and Korea; their geopolitics, and their entangled connections throughout history. During her exchange semester in the US and summer institute experience at Oxford, Weiqiong was given opportunities to further examine Asia and the experience of “being Asian” from a critical distance. Her previous internship at China Daily USA confirms her determination to enhance the vitality and caring capacity of the bureaucratic administrative system of China by emulating its East Asian neighbors with similar cultures but different paths of development. She looks forward to utilizing English, Chinese and Japanese to maximize the reach of her research work in the East Asian Studies M.A. program at Yale.
During her first year in the EAS program, Weiqiong took courses from a diversity of disciplines including the History, Political Science, East Asian Language & Literatures, Architecture, and Sociology. In spite of obvious challenges in the first semester, she managed to make progress and enjoy interdisciplinary training offered by the EAS program. She also presented her current research projects during several graduate conferences organized by Harvard and UCLA.
Weiqiong looks forward to utilizing English, Chinese, and Japanese to maximize the reach of her research work in the East Asian Studies M.A. program at Yale and hopes to attend a Sociology Ph.D. program after graduation.