Rebecca Choong Wilkins is completing a Master’s in Regional Studies: East Asia. Her research focuses on understanding Chinese identity and influence beyond the mainland, particularly in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. As an academic scholar at the University of Oxford, she graduated with a first-class BA (Hons.) in English literature and language. Before beginning her undergraduate degree, Rebecca founded a summer school programme at a community school in Lusaka, Zambia that focuses on improving literacy and health awareness through the arts. At Harvard, she is a Knox fellow and has previously been honoured with grants, awards and scholarships at tertiary institutions in Taiwan, the UK and America. Rebecca has worked as a writer and financial journalist in China and Southeast Asia both during and after her BA. In 2012, she spent three months travelling across China documenting the governments’ efforts to build 220 cities over the next 15 years. She has since written on topics including mass urbanisation, foreign direct investment, transcultural history, gender rights and diaspora migration. To date, Rebecca has curated 37 lectures, debates, film screenings and exhibitions around these topics.