Research Profile Jiakun Jack Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in the UC San Diego Department of Political Science. His core research interests are East Asian political economy and security, with a focus on contemporary China. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to support fieldwork researching the economic effects of regional political crises in Asia on China-based firms. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Zhang worked as a China researcher for the Eurasia Group in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as senior adviser to the School’s China Focus Blog. He was recently named to China Hands’ 2013 “25 Under 25 in US-China Relations” list. Follow Zhang on Twitter @HanFeiTzu.
“The Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China has contributed immensely to my training as a China scholar and become an integral part of the China studies community at UC San Diego. As a regular participant of the China Research Workshop, I have benefited from the interaction with the diverse faculty, graduate researchers and visiting speakers, the Fudan-UC Center brings together from across the UC system and Fudan University. Also, the Fudan-UC Center has been a valuable partner to the China Focus Blog, which I help advise.” — Jack ZHANG, Ph.D. candidate, UC San Diego
From humble beginnings in his homeland Shanghai, Charlie ZHANG came to the U.S. in 1980 with $20 in his pocket. He worked as a dishwasher and gas station attendant before funding the takeout food chain Pick Up Stix and the estate company Zion Enterprises that is dedicated to revitalizing communities. He has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young and is the winner of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, recognized by Congress and awarded to immigrants who have made a significant contribution to the U.S. “It’s my great honor and pleasure to have worked with Dr. Lizhu FAN and Dr. Nan CHEN at the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China during the past year. The Center is truly bringing the value of ‘East meeting West’ to life.” — Charlie ZHANG, President of Zion Enterprises and ARC
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