Yuqian Cai is interested in intellectual and environmental history, political economy, and comparative literature. Born and raised in Suzhou, China, he studied Classical Civilization at Kalamazoo and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, then for two years he taught writing as a TA and tutor while translating Buried Ideas into Chinese. Yuqian also studied in Greece and Germany, interned at the Wilson Center, and worked on diplomatic oral history in China and the U.S. At Yale, he wants to learn Japanese and continue writing a novel in English about suicides in China. After the one-year M.A. degree program, he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in History.