International Visitor Program
Yan Liang graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a B.A. in International Relations and English. Her passion in languages and cultures drives her to seek in-depth international experiences through travel, volunteering, and studying abroad. Currently, Yan is pursuing an MPA degree at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington. Yan’s professional interests include international development, minority empowerment and cross-cultural education. As a multilingual global citizen, she enjoys arts, books and food from all over the world in her leisure time.
Aaron Long is a junior at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, studying foreign policy, diplomacy, peace and security. He was born and raised in San Francisco, and having attended a French-American school for much of his life has a passion for exploring the world and embodying the ideals of a world citizen. He hopes to enter the world of international politics or business. Aaron enjoys traveling the world, playing basketball, and listening to music.
Celia Louie graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Global Health. She has spent time studying in Italy and Nepal during her undergraduate years and hopes to spend more time abroad in Asia. Celia hopes to build a career focusing on education, health, energy, and development. She enjoys spending time outdoors, checking out new food spots, and sipping coffee with a good book.
Kenton Nakamura graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in ethics. Born and raised in Hawaii, he aspires to serve in the Foreign Service as a diplomat, with the goal of promoting cross-cultural collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region. He has previously worked with Pacific Forum CSIS as a member of their Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program to discuss the role of Hawaii in the region; he has also served as the Asian Student Commission Director at the University of Washington to raise awareness of topics such as mental health, sexualization of Asian women, and undocumented immigration from Asia. In his free time, Kenton enjoys eating food, running, playing board games, and paddling.
Mariam Malik is a rising senior, double majoring in International Studies and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Born and raised in Pakistan, she holds a special interest in human rights law and global affairs, with past projects including her time with The Children’s Cancer Hospital of Pakistan and with NGOs like WAR (War against Rape). Mariam enjoys reading the news, watching classic-era movies, meeting new people and loves talking about current affairs and pop culture.
Panyiru Xu (Yiru) graduated in June 2017 from University of Washington with a master’s degree in International Studies. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, her research interests range from International Affairs and Media Studies, to Cultural Studies. In particular, she is interested in discerning, interrogating, and complicating the politics of representation in cross-cultural settings. In her spare time, Yiru enjoys exploring the city, meeting random people, going to cinema, and hiking.