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Jane Chen

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: the Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both Asian Studies and Sociology.

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Jane Chen

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Asian Exchange

University: The University of Melbourne

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: the Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both Asian Studies and Sociology.

Focus Area

Australia-Asia ties

Scholarship Project

By developing a more comprehensive understanding of China, I hope to improve partnerships between China and Australia. While we have already fostered important ties in business, trade and politics, these relationships are often undermined by a fundamental lack of understanding of one another’s customs, values and cultures. This ultimately hinders cooperation. Given the increasing interdependence of our two countries in economic and political spheres, having a greater appreciation of Chinese society is thus integral to Australia’s future development.

Biography

I’m a student, a feminist and proudly Australian-born Chinese. I’m fascinated by the differences between Asian and Western cultures which have shaped who I am today, and hope to bridge this divide by promoting greater cross-cultural understanding. I’m also passionate about fair trade and ethical consumerism, particularly in the fashion industry, and strive to increase appreciation of the power we hold as consumers. When I’m not working or studying I’m usually writing, at the movies with friends, or volunteering with some amazing organisations!

Skills & Expertise

  • Chinese culture
  • Ethical consumerism
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Economic development
  • Writing

Surround yourself with people who are smarter than me: it can be intimidating, but those are the people from whom you can learn the most!

 


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