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Introducing our Incoming Graduate Students!

Jun 1 2021

We would like to introduce our incoming graduate cohort for Autumn 2021!  We send the members a very warm welcome: we're so glad you're joining the EALC department!

We include a brief profile provided by each of the incoming students:


Yan Chang, incoming Japanese PhD student

Yan Chang is a Ph.D. student in modern and contemporary East Asian literatures, cultures, and media. His research interests currently center on trans-linguality, trans-culture, and trans-nationality in post-Cold War Japanophone literature. His academic concerns also include visuality and modernity of modern Japanese literature in the Taisho period as well as Shanghai urbanization and the concomitant media representations in the 1990s. Before joining Stanford, Yan received a joint B.A. in Economics and Japanese from Shanghai International Studies University, an M.A. in Japanese Culture Studies from Nagoya University, and an M.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. 


Jie Shen, incoming Chinese Archeology PhD student

Wuhan University, B.A. Archaeology, 2018. Master Student in Regional Studies-East Asia Program, Harvard University, 2018 September-2021 May. Research interests: Chinese archaeology, zooarchaeology, experimental archaeology of pottery decoration techniques and bone tools.


Ya-Ting Tsai, incoming Chinese PhD student

Ya-Ting Tsai’s primary research interests lie at Chinese linguistics and culture. She is particularly interested in how socio-political separation between China and Taiwan leads to cultural change, and how this difference is manifested in her mother tongues, Taiwanese and Taiwan Mandarin.


Austin Bergstresser, incoming MA student

Austin Bergstresser is from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, a smaller town located a little west of Philadelphia. He attended Villanova University for his bachelor's as a dual-major in Classical Studies and History, as well as a minor in Chinese. He is looking forward to continuing his education at Stanford and getting more involved in archaeology, which has been his goal since high school. His main hobbies are playing basketball and soccer, but Austin is looking to try some new things when he moves out to Stanford in the fall.


My Thi Ha, incoming MA student

My Thi received her B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, where she also studied Chinese literature. Her current research interests include pre-modern literature, with an emphasis on Warring States literature and Song poetry. She is also very interested in the history of Chinese and dialectology.


Weiting Yu, incoming MA student

Weiting Yu is a student of modern Chinese literature and comparative literature. She is interested in studying the cultural exchange between East and West during the modern period. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time in nature.