Yue Ma, from Beijing, China, is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis. She is majoring with majors in Anthropology and Global Studies. She started college at Smith College, where she spent two years and worked as a caller at the Smith Fund and as a campus tour guide. At WashU, Yue works as a research assistant in the Anthropology department and has analyzed 300+ texts from the 19th century to identify patterns of indigenous understandings of misfortune. She also works for the East Asian Language and Culture department to digitalize, process, and analyze thousands of primary documents on the Cultural Revolution that will constitute an open-access database. Yue also volunteers at WashU TeachESL as a tutor for international students on conversational English. In the summer of 2022, Yue interned at a cultural consultancy based in Shanghai, China, and she worked for the marketing department and performed desk research on client industries. Yue recently started volunteering at Duke Kunshan University Biodiversity lab to analyze wild animal distribution through identification of infrared images. Next year, Yue will be studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan. She looks forward to collecting ethnographic data for her senior thesis during her year abroad.
Yue will be splitting her time between AAA and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.