August 8, 2018
Shuai Yihao is a second year master’s student at Sichuan University. He became interested in American studies as an undergraduate at Shandong University of Finance and Economics, where he studied English language.
Following his graduation from Shandong University, Yihao applied to the American studies master’s program at Sichuan University, where he met his current advisor in the field, Professor Qun. Professor Qun is an expert in American politics and Sino-US relations. He is also the director of the American studies program at Sichuan University,
Yihao’s current research examines the social makeup of the American population. Specifically, he studies how racial prejudice is manifested among white populations based on ethnicity and religion. In addition, Yihao studies the development of the “Alt-Right” movement and conservative politics in the US.
Yihao believes American studies’ greatest strength is its scope. Specifically, the program at his university encompasses the study of class, race, intellectual history, and philosophy. The class schedule includes courses entitled Cultural Criticism, Comparative Studies on American and Canadian Cultures, Modern American Poetry, and American Society & Culture.
The American studies program at Sichuan University, Yihao shared, also attracts students with high language fluency. As English fluency is a requirement for acceptance into the program, he explained that the quality of class discussions “is better than [that of] English language programs.”
In the past, Yihao had the opportunity to participate in the ASN Conference at East China Normal University. He was thankful to be able to meet the many “famous professors who came to the symposiums to give speeches.” Yihao hopes that in the future, the conferences will be held in cities all across China.
After graduating, Yihao would like to pursue a PhD degree in American studies. He also wants to conduct research in the US in order to experience American life. “Then I want to come back to China to talk about how things truly are in America,” he explained. “I think it is very important to help Chinese students better understand America.”
American Studies lies at the core of USCET’s organizational mission. This profile is part of a series to highlight various students across China who are majoring in American Studies and who plan to use it in their careers.