Student Spotlight: Mason Ji ’16

When Yale senior Mason Ji spent a semester in China, he was able to do what few Americans can when they travel abroad—blend in with the locals.

Ji, a Seattle native whose parents were born in Beijing, speaks fluent Chinese and classmates at the School of International Studies at Peking University at first assumed he was a local. But soon conversations with classmates revealed his very American ideas about democracy and free speech.

Ji says it was an enlightening experience to learn in such a radically different classroom environment—with three-hour lectures and no Q&A—and it allowed him to see global issues through a new prism. While in China, Ji also had an opportunity to intern with one of the largest Chinese law firms and to travel across the country.