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[Humans of ISC67] Participant Edition: Howie Ge

#1 Please introduce yourself!

I’m Xiyang Ge and I’m a member of Table 3! Feel free to call me Howie! I’m from Beijing, China🇨🇳 Currently I’m a rising junior at Soka University of America with a double-major in humanities and economics. If the conditions permit, I’ll go studying abroad in Japan next spring! I’m a sports-lover and everyday I try to workout for an hour(ish) in the morning. I love art/chess/science fiction and I’m a BIG fan of Japanese films! My favorite ones are Late Spring, Floating Clouds, and Woman in the Dunes.

#2 What is your favorite thing about your country/city? Why?

I'm from Beijing, China. Having served as the capital of China hundreds of years, Beijing embraces some of the finest remnants of China's rich imperial past and is transforming into a global culture hub. I'm fortunate to experience its glorious past and at the same time I'm more than honor to build upon its modern prestige. Beijing it's a city with kaleidoscopic aspects. You could explore the hidden treasures of the Forbidden City, take a rickshaw through the maze-like Beijing "Hutongs" to perceive the vicissitudes of life, and visit the Chinese Silicon Valley "Zhongguancun" where the greatest minds are driving the world technological development. It is a city that presents the marvelous mixture of the ancient and modern as well as the East and West.

#3 What made you want to join ISC67 and your table? What would you like to achieve through the conference?

COVID-19 has been a critical issue around the globe since its very first breakout in 2020. Nevertheless, it's also worth noticing the already existing global issues that are further intensified by the worldwide pandemic. Millions of people are currently struggling with economic uncertainties, political turmoil, and environmental deterioration. There are many questions yet to be answered. How could developing countries best address the increasing waves of unemployment? What are some challenges in nurturing new economic incentives? As a concerned global citizen and someone who aspires to become a future reformer, I desire to learn more about addressing these social issues within a diverse, intellectual, and highly supportive learning community. I believe ISC67 is the right stage where I can accumulate the knowledge and experiences that will empower me to pursue this goal. I hope to engage in meaningful conversations with other participants in discussing, identifying, and fulfilling step-by-step solutions.

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