Meet the Team

The Nanyan Observer team consists of students from various schools here at PKU Shenzhen. They are a diverse and hardworking bunch that continually defy their busy schedules to bring you original English content from our university. focuses on articles of interest to international students and those abroad trying to get an idea of what life is like here. As such, many of our team’s articles are written for print. You can view the PDFs for our print editions at the Nanyan Observer Newspaper Archive.


Sun Qing, English Branch President

Sun Qing is a student of the School of Urban Planning and Design. Her hometown is Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. She usually likes running because it makes her feel energized. She will graduate in 2020 and hopes to travel around the world.

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GianniGianni De Bruyn, Editor-in-chief

Gianni De Bruyn, also known as 秦思齐, is a full time student at the HSBC Business school. He is originally from Belgium but lived in the USA for the past 5 years where he received his bachelor in business. In his spare-time, Gianni enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym, and exploring China’s vibrant culture in some of the more remote villages outside of Shenzhen. Currently, Gianni is also studying for his CFA whilst staying active in a variety of other extra-curricular activities. He plans to graduate in 2020 and would like to start work with either an investment bank or hedge fund where he could put his quantitative skills to use.

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DominikaDominika Mindekova, Senior Staff Writer

Dominika Mindekova is a second-year management student at the PKU HSBC Business School (PHBS). She hails from Zvolen, Slovakia and enjoys traveling, within China especially! When not reading from her favorite author Ernest Hemingway, she likes to do creative projects, practice yoga, and learn foreign languages. After her graduation in 2019, she would like to start her own business.

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Claudia Fauzi, Senior Staff Writer

Claudia Fauzi is a second year student from the School of Transnational Law. She is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia. In her spare time she enjoys traveling around Shenzhen and Hong Kong, but also loves watching Netflix. She plans to graduate in 2019 and would like to pursue a career as a lawyer or lecturer in Indonesia and continue her parent’s business.

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Dahlia Wang, Junior Staff Writer

Dahlia Wang is a member of the School of Transnational Law’s Class of 2018. She comes to Shenzhen from Anshan, Liaoning in northeast China, which is renowned for producing iron, steel, and also Nanguo pears. She likes drawing, playing ping pong, and watching movies in her spare time. She expects to graduate in 2022 and hopes to learn more about herself and the world through her work and studies.

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Yaren Kasoglu, Junior Staff Writer

Yaren Kasoglu is an exchange student at PKU School of Transnational Law. Originally from Turkey, she is a full-time student living in the Netherlands. She enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, cultures, and playing the piano. After graduation, she would love to work at an international organization or court.

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DarrenDarren Zeng, Junior Staff Writer

Darren (曾宪东), a first-year student studying Finance at PHBS, is from Southampton, United Kingdom, a small-town whose claim to fame is being the place from which the Titanic set sail. In his spare time, he likes playing badminton and programming little projects that seem interesting or useful. He doesn’t have a solid post-graduation goal, but he’d love to be involved in something with elements of both Finance and Technology.

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Mei2Mei Siyu, Junior Staff Writer

Siyu is a full-time student of the School of Environment and Energy . She comes from a beautiful town in Anhui Province which is famous for creating the Chinese traditional Xuan paper . She is a typical Aquarius — positive, creative and unpredictable, so she is willing to participate in any interesting activities. She is also a photographer at the Vision & Design Studio. You may catch her with her camera  anywhere on campus.

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Luo JiechunyiLuo Jiechunyi, Junior Staff Writer

Luo Jiechunyi is a first-year student at the School of Environment and Energy from Dongguan, the city next to Shenzhen. Chunyi enjoys doing yoga and playing the drums in her spare time. After graduating in 2021, she might further her studies and meanwhile, keep on pursuing her dream, which is traveling around the world.


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Chen Jialu, Junior Staff Writer

Jialu Chen (陈嘉璐 ) is a student of the School of Urban Planning and Design. She has come to Shenzhen by way of Wuxi, Jiangsu, famous for its silk and its location on Lake Tai. In her spare time, Jialu enjoys watching anime, dancing, and swimming. She plans to graduate in 2021. She will focus on living happily after graduation.
School of Urban Planning and Design.

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lewis (2)Lewis D-G, Junior Staff Writer

Lewis D-G (狄来文) is a freshman studying a Masters of Economics at the HSBC Business School. Representing Melbourne Australia, Lewis is loving the Guangdong food and tea culture! In his spare time Lewis loves traveling, eating, and experiencing all that China has to offer. Currently pursuing his Chartered Accountancy and a Translating License, upon graduating in 2020 Lewis aims to specialize in trade opportunities between China and the Asia-Pacific region.

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btyWei Wei, Junior Staff Writer

Wei Wei is an exchange student of PHBS. He studies finance as a master student in ISM Business School, Frankfurt, Germany. Born in an ancient town alongside the Yangtze River, he likes swimming and fitness during his spare time. He has traveled around Europe and plans to do more traveling next year. After graduation in 2019, he wants to be a M&A business between China and Europe.

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Peter (2)Zhang Wendou, Junior Staff Writer

Zhang Wendou is from the School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology. His hometown is Siping, Lilin Province. He has his heart set on discovering the secrets of science. He also likes playing the piano, taking photos, and traveling. He has great interest in international politics and hopes he can be a teacher in a university after graduation from PKU in 2023.

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Xia Zhidan, Junior Staff Writer

Xia Zhidan is a 1L student at PKU School of Transnational Law (STL) from Hunan Province. She likes traveling to have different experiences and make new friends. After graduating in 2022, she would like to pursue a career as a lawyer.


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Our team will be recruiting for Spring 2019. If you have an idea for a piece or are interested in joining us, please contact nathanf[at]

DSC_0943-3Nathan Faber, Nanyan General Director | Webmaster

Nathan is the International Affairs Coordinator at PKU Shenzhen. He is thrilled to have relocated from famously rainy Seattle, Washington to the warm weather and sandy beaches of southern China. His experience in China includes being face to face with baby pandas while studying in Chengdu, assisting volunteer projects in Beijing and Guangdong, and two years of cramming into the Hong Kong metro. Nathan enjoys great writing. He has had the pleasure to interview several inspirational writers, including Peter Hessler, Michael Sandel, and Yan Lianke.

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