Xinxin Li was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. She received her B.A. degree from University of California, San Diego, majoring in Economics with a minor in Japanese Studies. During her senior year, she interned at an EC startup in Osaka, Japan and traveled around the country. She also attended a Korean language program in Ewha Womans University in Seoul in order to learn Korean language and experience Korean culture. After graduating from UCSD, she interned in a private equity investment firm in Guangzhou, China. Such experience confirms her resolution on promoting US-Asian business and financial cooperation. Utilizing her multicultural and multi-language background, she will conduct her research work via an East Asian trans-regional perspective in the East Asian Studies program at Yale.
During her leisure time, she enjoys exploring JPOP and KPOP cultures, reading (especially Japanese Literature) and traveling.