Mary Mulcahy was born and raised in Hong Kong, where the story of her passion for Chinese culture and East/West cultural exchange begins. In 2018, Mary graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English, a minor in Chinese, and a Certificate in Asian Studies, for which she wrote her thesis on the theme of cannibalism in the fiction of Lu Xun and Mo Yan. Also in 2018, Mary was awarded a Graduate Certificate in the Engaged and Public Humanities from Georgetown University. She joins the Council on East Asian Studies with the aim of developing a regional specialization in Chinese literature and arts. With experience working in the education and nonprofit sectors in Hong Kong, Mary plans to pursue a career in the public humanities following her studies at Yale.