Zhelun Zhou was born and raised in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. He went to Colgate University for his undergraduate degree. He double majored in History and Philosophy & Religion Joint Major (PnR). During his junior year spring semester, he researched in London’s the National Archives and the British Library as part of Colgate History Department’s London Study Group, meanwhile traveling around the UK and the continental Europe.
Currently he is interested in a wide range of topics, including the social, cultural, and intellectual history of modern China, the question of religion and secularism in modern China, the history of Hong Kong and its relationship to China during the 20th Century, ethnic relations in China, and the history of gender and sexuality in China. Zhelun wishes to explore and refine a more specific research subject during his M.A. study and plans to go for a History Ph.D. degree afterwards.
Zhelun likes to read books relating to subjects of history, politics, philosophy, religion, and popular sciences, as well as fictions and poetry. He is also learning Japanese as of now. During his leisure time, he likes watching movies and Japanese animations, playing NBA 2K Video Games, drinking teas and hiking trails and mountains. As a museum nerd, he served as a research assistant during his undergraduate year for Chenango County Historical Society at Norwich, NY, to help with their exhibition planning and curating.