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  • Though initially interested in the life sciences, I decided to take a course called The International Relations of East Asia in the fall of 2009. I was the only freshman and had no prior background in international relations theory or in East Asian history. No matter. I learned what I could and it sparked an interest in Asia, specifically China and Japan, for at least the next two years thus far. The professor, Alastair Iain Johnston, was my favorite thus far at Harvard. His lectures were engaging and office hour discussions were insightful, at least for me.

    Pictured in a faculty panel on China that preceded Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Harvard in 2003: From the left:

    Roderick MacFarquhar, Professor of Government at Harvard and an expert on the Cultural Revolution.
    Tony Saich, my professor this spring on The Political Economy of Transition in China at the Kennedy School
    Regina Abrami, Senior Fellow Asian Business and Globalization at the Harvard Business School.
    Professor Alastair Iain Johnston, Laine Professor of China in World Affairs at Harvard University
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