GLORIA LIU – EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Gloria Liu is a 4th Year student majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Sociology and History at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the urban-rural gap in contemporary China and immigration and refugee issues in Asia. In Synergy this year, she hopes to provide high-quality articles for readers while expanding the readership diversity in the UofT community and beyond.
ANGELA HOU – ASSOCIATE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Angela is a 3rd Year student pursuing a double major in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies. She is passionate about the role of Asia-Pacific region in global governance and development. Her current studies focus on the region of East Asia, and specifically, Chinese politics and society, and Asia’s cultural relationship to the world. As the Associate Editor-in-Chief, Angela’s vision this year is to expand her own understanding of socio-political trends in Asia, and to spread her passion for Asian Studies through quality academic writing. She hopes to share different perspectives and understandings of Asia with the readers of Synergy and beyond.
EAST ASIA SECTION
NABI DRESSLER – LEAD EDITOR
Nabi Dressler is a 4th Year student studying political science and sociology. As an Asian American, she is particularly interested in East Asian-U.S. relations. She is also interested in mainstream Western portrayals of Asian powers and cultures relative to shifting political and socioeconomic climates. She is drawn to studying the human rights of marginalized groups in Asia and is passionate about North Korean human rights issues and defectors’ experiences. She hopes to channel her passion for journalism in her work for Synergy, expand her knowledge of East Asian affairs, and ensure articles are accessible to readers of varied academic backgrounds.
JERRY ZHU – DEPUTY LEAD EDITOR
Kelly Leung – Copy-editor
Sally Shim – Copy-editor
Clara Hong – Copy-editor
Tiffany Kao – Event Reporter
Rebekah Hwang – Contributor
SOUTHEAST ASIA SECTION
AVIVA GLASSMAN – LEAD EDITOR ON SOUTHEAST ASIA
Cathy Nguyen – Copy-editor
Julia Tops – Event Reporter
Stanley Chia – Event Reporter
Jamie Chen – Contributor
SOUTH ASIA SECTION
ATIF KHAN – LEAD EDITOR ON SOUTH ASIA
TASNIM JERIN – DEPUTY LEAD EDITOR ON SOUTH ASIA
Tashnim Jerin is a 4th Year student studying public policy, political science and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her academic and career interests include law, diplomacy, and foreign policy with a focus on immigration and diaspora issues. Aside from the Synergy, she is also involved with the Because I am a Girl Canada U of T chapter where she serves as a campus blogger. She hopes to use platforms such as social media and journalism to raise awareness towards global affairs.
Mishail Imran – Copy-editor
Keshini Mahesan – Copy-editor
Tallal Usman – Contributor
Deepak Jain – Contributor
CATHY NGUYEN – DESIGN AND LAYOUT MANAGING DIRECTOR
Cathy is a 3rd Year student hoping to pursue a double major in Political Science and Environmental Studies. She is interested in the rise of the East as a global actor and the impact of local politics on a global scale. She believes that news and media play a large role in shaping how we view global affairs and by joining the Synergy editorial team, hopes to bring Asian politics into the spotlight.
DANIEL C. PARK – ADVISOR