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4th ChASC Executive Committee

What is the Executive Committee?

Each year, American and Chinese Executive Committee (EC) members collaborate across the Pacific to meticulously plan the China-America Student Conference (ChASC). The conference is entirely student-led, from determining Roundtable topics and recruiting delegates to arranging accommodations and coordinating various programming activities. Throughout the conference, EC members take on dual roles as onsite coordinators and Roundtable leaders, providing guidance to the student delegation. As the conference draws to a close, delegates have the important task of electing their peers to form the next Executive Committee, continuing the legacy as they organize the upcoming year’s conference.

Serving as an EC member is an exceptional leadership opportunity for motivated students seeking to enhance their resumes. It offers a chance to cultivate and develop skills including international team collaboration and event planning by collaborating with public, private, and community partners. The ChASC ECs also receive valuable support from our parent organization, International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC).

Meet the ChASC4 Executive Committee

Allison Hunt

American Executive Committee
Minerva University

Melody Lau

American Executive Committee
University of Arizona

Vincent Lay

American Executive Committee
Arizona State University

Sophia To

Chinese Executive Committee
University of Chicago

Jing Wu

Chinese Executive Committee
Nanyang Technological University

About the Team

Allison Hunt

Hello! My name is Allison Hunt and I was born and raised in New York State. I am a junior at Minerva University majoring in politics, government, and society and minoring in philosophy and ethics. At Minerva University, I study in a different country every semester. So far, I have studied in San Francisco, USA, Seoul, South Korea, Hyderabad, India, and Taipei, Taiwan. This year I am studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina and London, England. I will finish my senior year studying in Berlin, Germany. 

After graduating high school in the US, I received a scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese through the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) in China. Yearning to learn more about Chinese culture and further study Mandarin, I received the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) which allowed me to spend a summer studying Mandarin in Taiwan. 

These international experiences have sparked my interest in global affairs and I am very eager to understand the role culture, language, and history play in shaping US-China relations. This conference is a great opportunity to better understand the complexities of the relationship, foster meaningful dialogue, and make life lasting friendships. I hope you will join us in creating a better future through CHASC4!

大家好!我的名字是Allison Hunt,我在纽约州出生和长大。我是一名在密涅瓦大学攻读政治、政府和社会专业,并辅修哲学和伦理学的大三学生。在密涅瓦大学,我每个学期都在不同的国家学习。到目前为止,我在美国旧金山、韩国首尔、印度海得拉巴和台湾台北都有过学习经历。在即将到来的一年里,我将在阿根廷布宜诺斯艾利斯和英国伦敦学习。我将在柏林,德国完成我的大四学业。



Melody Lau

Hello, I’m Melody (she/her)! I hold a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies (Cultural Emphasis) from the University of Arizona, with minors in History and Japanese. I pursued these areas of study due to an interest in understanding our interactions with each other and our environments on various levels and across multiple disciplines. My hobbies include playing games, listening to music, watching shows like 明星大侦探 (Who’s the Murderer), and reading Chinese webnovels.

My journey with ChASC had a dual purpose: deepening my understanding of U.S.-China relations and promoting my holistic development. Drawing from my transformative experiences as a JASC74 delegate and JASC75 EC member, ChASC provided a platform to explore various facets of the U.S.-China relationship and connect with diverse individuals. As a Malaysian Chinese raised in both China and the United States, ChASC has inspired me to leverage my unique background and diverse interests to strengthen connections between the two nations that have profoundly influenced my life. I aspire to make ChASC4 an equally impactful experience, navigating the complexities of the U.S.-China relationship with a firm foundation in historical context.



Vincent Lay

Hello, I’m Vincent.  

I’m currently a graduate student earning a Masters in Industrial Design and I previously studied Bioinformatics and Genomics for my undergraduate degree. Having been born in the US to Taiwanese immigrants, US-China relations has always been something that I’ve been tangentially interested in, but was not fully exposed to until my time during ChASC. At first I really didn’t know what to expect from the conference, especially considering how far removed my degrees were from the presented topics, but I was surprised to find out how appreciated diverse perspectives can be across the entire trip. For myself, ChASC changed a lot about how I view international relations and even some potential career decisions. For my time as an EC member, I  hope to provide future delegates with a similar experience.


Sophia To

Hello, I’m Sophia, a Public Policy student at the University of Chicago. My journey as an international student has taken me on a captivating global tour, with stops in vibrant cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, and Chicago. These experiences have deepened my understanding of the profound impact that the US-China relationship has on our interconnected world.

Having experienced the richness of cross-cultural exchange firsthand, I believe it’s crucial to delve into the thoughts and aspirations of younger generations in both countries. This exchange builds empathy, understanding, and respect for each other’s cultures and values.

In the end, it’s not just about the conference itself but the ripple effects it will have in repairing relationships and fostering understanding between both nations. Together, we can craft a narrative of hope, one friendship and one leader at a time, shaping a better future for US-China relations.




Jing Wu (Chinese format: Wu Jing)

Hello! My name is Jing Wu. I am a born and raised Chinese native. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Science, specializing in China and International Governance at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. My academic journey started with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Communication University of China.

Participating in this conference has opened my eyes to the diverse perspectives on international relations, bridging the gap between China and the United States. Studying alongside esteemed scholars and experts has been an enriching experience, deepening my understanding of global affairs in ways I couldn’t have imagined.

This transformative journey has ignited a deep passion within me for studying Sino-American relations and reaffirmed the profound significance of this conference in fostering meaningful dialogue. I’m on a mission to inspire more students to embrace firsthand experiences that nurture intercultural awareness.

I’d love to connect and share more about my experiences and aspirations with you. Feel free to reach out to me at —I’m always up for a friendly chat!

大家好!我的名字是Jing Wu。我是土生土长的中国人。我目前正在新加坡南洋理工大学攻读社会科学硕士学位,专攻中国和国际治理。我的学术之旅始于在中国传媒大学获得的公共关系学士学位。我擅长声乐和写作。



我很愿意与大家建立联系,分享更多关于CHASC的经历和抱负。随时欢迎通过邮箱 联系我!