Chiwa Lee

MA, International Studies, French
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I am a second-year student in the MA program of China Studies at the Jackson School. Last year, with the help of the FLAS fellowship, I focused my studies on international conflicts among China, Canada, and the USA, through a case study on the “hostage diplomacy” of the Huawei Incident 2018 – 2021. This study contributed to my research interest and enhanced my academic skills, especially in comparative studies. This competence is important for a student of international studies in examining complicated global issues and disputes.

In the coming years, I aim to enhance my research and extend its scope to other realms, e.g., the disputes between China and the West, including Canada, on “vaccine diplomacy” during the COVID-19 pandemic and on global environmental issues. I would also like to continue enriching my language capability in French. This will help me understand Canadian perspectives on these issues and make my further path toward international studies wider and more solid.

Growing up in Hong Kong, I earned my first bachelor’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Sociology. After graduation, I had two main careers as a journalist and a public relations professional. I moved to Seattle in October 2021 and completed my second bachelor’s degree in integrated social sciences at UW in 2023. I am also a runner chasing the dream of completing the world’s major six marathons.