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As I have a strong interest in understanding different cultures and economic systems, I started to learn Chinese (Mandarin) in 2011. I believe that learning Mandarin is an asset in my career because China is the second-largest global economy and an aspiring economist should be able to understand the inner workings of the major economic players.

因为我对理解不同文化和经济制度有很强的兴趣,所以我在几年前开始学习中文(普通话)。我相信学习普通话将成为我职业生涯中的一项财富,因为中国是全球第二大经济体。一个有抱负的经济学家应该能够理解包括中国在内的主要经济体的内在运作机制。

For my performance at the Chinese New Year Gala 2015 at Duke University