Staff

APSI Staff use their diverse professional and academic backgrounds in support of APSI’s many programs and opportunities.

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Richard Jaffe

APSI Faculty Director; Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Jaffe's areas of expertise include Zen Buddhism, clerical marriage in modern Japanese Buddhism, the works of D.T. Suzuki, and religion and Japanese Empire. View his full profile here.

 

 

 

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Yan Li

APSI Associate Director

Yan received her BA in English at Beijing Normal University and her Ph.D. in History at the University of Connecticut. She works closely with APSI faculty to oversee APSI’s programs and activities, manages APSI’s budget and grants, and liaises with other offices at Duke and beyond to promote APSI’s mission.

 

 

 

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Ling Jin

APSI Program Coordinator

Ling manages the Duke Study in China program, APSI's visiting scholars program and the Master of Arts in East Asian Studies degree program. She has an MA in East Asian Studies from Duke University and a broad background in translation, project coordination, advertising, and civic engagement in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Durham.

 

 

 

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Renate Kwon

APSI Communications Coordinator; Southeast Asia Research Group Program Manager

Renate serves as communications coordinator for APSI and as program manager for the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG). She has a master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (now the School of Global Policy and Strategy). She is proficient in German with intermediate Korean ability and has also studied Japanese and French.

 

 

 

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Xiaojuan Ping

APSI Office Manager

Xiaojuan assists with office administration and event planning at APSI, and manages the Duke Korean Research Fellows Program. Prior to joining APSI, she served as a Program Associate with the non-profit organization North Carolina Asian Americans Together and worked as a Research Assistant at the National University of Singapore. She obtained her MSc in International Political Economy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has published several books about popular culture and social movements in Asia and beyond.