Nongyu was born in Linfen, Shanxi Province, China. She received her bachelor’s degrees at Renmin University of China, majoring in international relations and journalism. Her research interest lies in the intersection of domestic politics and international relations. Her current research mainly focuses on how governments in East Asian countries, especially China and Japan, mobilize and demobilize the society during international crises. She’s also a freelance writer contributing to several media, including Southern People Weekly, covering topics relevant to international politics. Some of her articles are closely connected to her interests in documentary photography and non-fiction writing. In her spare time, she loves staying close to nature by hiking and cycling.