Rhodes Alumni China

Our mission is to build a vibrant community for Rhodes Scholars in and from China. This website is a platform for scholars across generations to engage with the latest community developments. The Association comprises Senior Scholars from the constituency, resident Scholars in Oxford, Scholars from other parts of the world who are currently living in China, and selectors for the Rhodes Scholarships for China.

Events

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Thursday 14 May 2020

COVID-19: Chinese Scholar Fireside Chat

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Scholar News and Updates

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  • The Adventure of Peter Hessler: From America to China, By Yan Yan (China & Brasenose 2020), Xiaorui Zhou (China & Pembroke 2020) and Peter Hessler (Missouri & Mansfield 1992)

    The Adventure of Peter Hessler: From America to China

    By Yan Yan (China & Brasenose 2020), Xiaorui Zhou (China & Pembroke 2020) and Peter Hessler (Missouri & Mansfield 1992)

    Peter Hessler (Missouri & Mansfield 1992), an American journalist and writer, graduated from the English Department of Princeton University in 1992. In the same year of graduation, he won a Rhodes scholarship and went to Oxford University for further study. In 1996, he came to Fuling Normal College in Sichuan to teach. Since then, he has a lasting bond with China and lived in China until 2007. In 2011, his family moved to Cairo, Egypt. In 2019, he returned to China with his family and came to Chengdu to teach at Pittsburgh College of Sichuan University. He has written "China Trilogy" which is famous at home and abroad: River Town, Oracle Bones and Country Driving. Besides China, his Strange Stones and The Buried depict people and events in the United States and Egypt. The United States, the United Kingdom, China, Egypt, and back to China - he always starts a new journey after another unexpectedly. In this article, Rhodes China, together with He Wei---Peter's Chinese name---, looks back on his exciting journey of writing for more than 20 years.

    Read the Chinese article here.

  • Researching China: An Interview with Michael Szonyi, By Xiaorui Zhou (China & Pembroke 2020) and Professor Michael Szonyi (Ontario & Merton 1990)

    Researching China: An Interview with Michael Szonyi

    By Xiaorui Zhou (China & Pembroke 2020) and Professor Michael Szonyi (Ontario & Merton 1990)

    Welcome to the "Rhodes Scholars & China" interview series, where our Chinese Scholars interview Scholar alumni with work or life ties to China, including leaders in academia, journalism, business, medicine, law, and many more fields.

    In this first instalment, Xiaorui Zhou (China & Pembroke 2020) interviews Michael Szonyi (Ontario & Merton 1990). Michael Szonyi is Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Frank Wen-hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University. He is a social historian of late imperial and modern China who studies local society in southeast China using a combination of traditional textual sources and ethnographic-style fieldwork. A frequent commentator on Chinese affairs, Szonyi is a Fellow of the Public Intellectual Program of the National Committee on US-China Relations. Read Szonyi's full biography.

    The English version is published at the Rhodes Blog. A Chinese version of this interview, translated by Xiaorui Zhou, is available here.

  • Scholar Spotlight: A Scholar Impatient with Inequality and Poverty, By Tianyi Wu (Scholar-elect 2021) and EduKnow

    Scholar Spotlight: A Scholar Impatient with Inequality and Poverty

    By Tianyi Wu (Scholar-elect 2021) and EduKnow

    Our new 2021 Scholar-elect Tianyi Wu is committed to changing world inequality and promoting China-Africa development cooperation. What inspires her to apply for Rhodes scholarships, and what makes her finally win it? Recently, EduKnow interviewed with Tianyi Wu, taking you closer to her growth story.

    Read the Chinese article here.

  • Scholar Spotlight: The Youngest Professor at Shenzhen University, By Yifan Hou (China & St. Hilda 2018) and Jiaxin Zhao (China & Green Templeton 2019)

    Scholar Spotlight: The Youngest Professor at Shenzhen University

    By Yifan Hou (China & St. Hilda 2018) and Jiaxin Zhao (China & Green Templeton 2019)

    In July 10th 2020, Yifan became the youngest professor in history at Shenzhen University. She has won World Championships four times in chess, and kept the world record as the youngest player. She graduated from Peking University in China and entered the University of Oxford in 2018 as a Rhodes Scholar. In this interview, She talked about her Rhodes experience and thoughts on career and life.

    Read the Chinese article here.

Rhodes China Alumni Newsletters

Read the first issue of the Alumni Newsletter for Rhodes China!

Rhodes Scholarships for China

The Rhodes Scholarships for China was launched in March 2015. Four scholars are selected every year. The Rhodes Trust aims to double the number of Scholarships to China in 2025.

The profiles of selected scholars can be found here.

Do you know young people who might want to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship?

Hear from Yan Chen what it's like to be a Rhodes Scholar

Know the selection committee for the Scholarships
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Get involved

The Association is managed by an organising committee consisting of national secretaries and some senior scholars.

If you are a Chinese Rhodes Scholar or a Scholar living in China and would like to get involved or find out more, please free free to email Naying Ren (China & Linacre 2016) at rennaying@gmail.com.

Leadership

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National Co-Secretary

Dr. Diana Fu

Manitoba & Linacre 2006

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National Co-Secretary

Mark Jia

New Jersey & Merton 2011