Flora Cheung Qian Ling
Class of 2019
I am Flora Cheung. I was born in Singapore and grew up in Hong Kong, so I identify a little bit as being from both. I decided to major in Global Affairs because it attempts to understand something that has tangible impacts on our daily lives. GA looks at traditional problems, now amplified to a global scale because of interconnectivity, or lack thereof, from globalization. At the same time, GA offers nuance by considering specific historical, cultural, economic, and social contexts of a state, organization, or even individuals. Nothing is ever in isolation in, nor from, GA. This means complicated solutions to problems, or sometimes no solutions and ever more complicated problems, but that is precisely what I think makes it worth studying.
Outside of classes, I am involved in theatre, and Brewhouse. I can also be found baking banana bread, hunting for good cafes, and planning my next travel itinerary.
My interests in Global Affairs is in non-traditional threats, focusing on human security, such as issues in migration, international development, identity based tensions, and human rights. The people-centric approach prioritizes concerns of individuals and communities beyond military security, and highlight previously excluded or neglected peoples who may be more vulnerable to these traditional security threats. Specifically, I would like to examine how race, gender, culture, and class intersect to produce different experiences of these insecurities, and how the international community should then respond to protect and empower different groups. Because of where I grew up, my regional focus tends to be East and Southeast Asia.