Help Send Me to Sydney for HPAIR Asia

Victoria Yu Start Date: Jun 1, 2017 - End Date: Aug 17, 2017
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Professional Development
  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

My Travel Story

by: Victoria Yu Start Date: Jun 1, 2017 - End Date: Aug 17, 2017
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Leadership/Training Program
  • Professional Development
(Video: HPAIR Promotional Video, Photos: Me speaking at another conference in Beijing, Slater Internatonal culture show at Wellesley College)

Help an aspiring diplomat and global citizen attend the HPAIR Asia conference (hpair.org) being held in Sydney this year from Aug 17-21! As someone whom has spent a large part of her childhood shuttling between the US and China for family, education, and work, the Asia Pacific is near and dear to my heart. I've been lucky to travel to multiple Asian countries on personal and volunteer trips, learning the intricate and complicated dynamics of the region locally and internationally. 

I've experienced firsthand the difficulties of negotiating the differing and incohesive identity politics of the American, Chinese, Chinese-American, and Overseas Chinese populations. I've followed the stories of ethnic minority entrepreneurs in cultural goods and tourism in China, reclaiming and promoting their cultures through self-narratives. I've been heavily involved in a Sino-Canadian organization working to increase environmental technology transfer and exchange between China and Canada with the full support of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. 

In the future, I plan to pursue a career in diplomacy, focusing on US-China relations. The direct relationship between the two is important; however, they cannot be seperated from their relationships to other countries. As cheesy as it sounds, I want be a bridge between worlds, increasing understanding and acceptance.

On the path to do so, I have worked with student activists on campus to advocate for multilingual graduation diplomas, which led Wellesley College to be one of the first higher education institutions to provide the service. I worked for three years on the International Student Board, eventually serving as the Vice-President my senior year and tending to our students' needs in response to global and local situations.

Please help me offset some costs for an opportunity to network and meet other like-minded folks from around the globe, aiming to connect and benefit the world in their chosen field. I also plan to revive my blog for that purpose, using the opportunity to highlight individuals, organizations, and ideas that I believe are worth sharing.

Every bit of help will be accepted with the utmost gratitude.
  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia