Brenda graduated from the London School of Economics, majoring in International Relations. During her undergraduate years, she spent a summer at Peking University and took several classes on East and Southeast Asian international relations, as well as Chinese history. Her graduation thesis examined reasons for the Duterte administration’s polycephalous China foreign policies in the South China Sea. Since graduating in 2020, she has spent her gap year learning Japanese and gaining work experiences at startups and in innovation. She is currently interested in the social history and material cultures of China, and hopes to adopt interdisciplinary approaches to deepen her understanding of the region. In her free time, Brenda enjoys water sports, exploring museums and playing video games.