My name is Fang-Yu Chen, and I came to MSU in the fall of 2012 after receiving a MA from National Taiwan University, Department of Political Science. I had a BA from National Chengchi University, Department of Diplomacy. When I was an undergraduate, I studied Chinese politics and issues about democratization. In 2011, I was first inspired to study the issues of development and inequality, employing quantitative research methods, when I co-founded the social group “Youth Hoya,” which is concerned with poverty issues and the rights of young people in Taiwan. My MA thesis is about the concept of “Social Economy” and the feasibility of cooperatives in Hualien, eastern Taiwan. In the future I plan to pursue further studies with a focus on democratization and inequality, which influence political and economic development in East Asia.
Expected Completion: 2017