Daniel C. Park is a 4th Year student studying International Relations, Political Science, and Contemporary Asian Studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Daniel is interested in the relations of ASEAN (+3) countries, the arms race/trade in East Asia, and the future of North Korea. He signed up to become an Editor-in-Chief at Synergy to further contribute to academia, to expand my knowledge on CAS, and to work with a team of like-minded students who share the same interests in CAS as he does. As an Editor-in-Chief, he hopes to develop Synergy into a well-recognized, go-to source for thought-provoking perspectives on CAS-related materials.
Steven Denney is completing his doctoral studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Steven is the managing editor for SinoNK.com, a research site for Koreanists and Sinologists, and a columnist for The Diplomat. Between 2011-2013, he was the Editor in Chief of the Yonsei Journal of International Studies and worked at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul) as an editor and Young Scholar. Steven’s research interests span two fields: political economy and political sociology. The former interest speaks to his broader intellectual and academic interests while his disciplinary training drives the latter. His dissertation research focuses on changes and variations in South Korean national identity. Advised by Professors Joseph Wong, Andre Schmid, and Neil Nevitte, he is particularly interested in the rise of a “new” nationalism among South Korea’s youth and the relationship between political conditions, socioeconomic development, and national identity. Steven is committed to collaborating with and assisting students working through digital mediums for purposes of community creation, idea dissemination, and impact. This commitment brings Steven to Synergy as a PhD Advisor.
GLORIA LIU – ASSOCIATE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND LEAD EDITOR ON EAST ASIA
Gloria Liu is a third year student majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Sociology and History at the University of Toronto. Her research interest is Mao’s China and more specifically the Chinese Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Her goal for the Synergy journal this year is to contribute to the submissions process by editing in great details while exploring a wide variety of contemporary issues within East Asia.
ARTHUR LUI – LEAD EDITOR ON SOUTHEAST ASIA
Arthur Lui is a third year student studying Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies and Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Arthur is interested in examining democratization and socio-economic development in Southeast Asia region.
Sameen Zehra is a fourth year student at the University of Toronto. Her major is in the Peace, Conflict and Justice Program with a double minor in Political Science and Contemporary Asian Studies. Her areas of interest include violence by non-state actors, terrorism and insurgency, human rights violations, and the impact of global governance and diplomacy. She joined Synergy Journal’s editorial team to be part of a community that encourages an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Asia’s politics, economy and diverse societies. She believes that an undergraduate academic journal like Synergy can allow students to challenge existing notions about a part of the world that is becoming increasingly relevant in the global arena. As the Lead Editor on South Asia, she hopes to provide students with an accessible and engaging platform to publicize their best research and analysis on the region. She believes the success of Synergy will lie beyond its pages, and in the variety of critical conversations and questions it sparks among young academics.
TIMOTHY LAW – DESIGN AND LAYOUT MANAGING DIRECTOR
Timothy Law is a 4th Year student studying International Relations and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies at the University of Toronto, Victoria College. Specializing in the East Asian region, Timothy has interest in historical and political developments of the 21st century, especially within China and the greater Chinese community, and its interactions with Asia and the rest of the world. Currently, Timothy serves as an Research Analyst and Design and Design and Managing editor for Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies. In this position, Timothy strives to deliver substantive and detailed reports on events that deal with subjects relating to the East Asian region, as well as contributing towards the aesthetic and visual aspects of the journal.
DESIGN AND LAYOUT
CATHY NGUYEN – ASSOCIATE TO DESIGN AND LAYOUT MANAGING EDITOR
EAST ASIA SECTION
ANGELA HOU – DEPUTY LEAD EDITOR
Angela is a second year student hoping to study international relations. She is very passionate about the Asia-Pacific region, specifically East Asian politics. Specifically, she is fascinated with the government of PRC and its relations to neighboring powers, such as Japan and India. She is also interested in Asia’s cultural relationship to the West. Her goal as an editor this year is to expand her understanding of socio-political trends in Asia, develop her academic writing skills, and share her passion for this subject with the readers of Synergy and beyond.
EDEN LEE – ACADEMIC EVENT REPORTER
Eden Lee is a 3rd Year student majoring in International Relations and Contemporary Asian Studies. She is particularly interested in the East Asian region and its economic and security developments. From looking at China’s increasing involvement economically and politically with countries in Africa to the tensions between East Asian nations over disputed territories, she find the area to be a dynamic and extremely relevant to international affairs today. By reporting on the various events discussing issues facing East Asia, she hopes to make the information on such an interesting region available to a wider audience online.
KELLY (KAI) LEUNG – COPY-EDITOR
Kelly Leung is a 3rd year student studying as a major Linguistics and Socio-Cultural Anthropology and minoring in Asian Cultures and Literatures at Trinity College, University of Toronto. She is serving as copy editor for Synergy’s East Asian Section this year. She is passionate about East Asian countries’ relationships to the West in encounters both literary and socio-political. Contributing to Synergy by copy-editing, she hopes to gain a better understanding of contemporary Asia’s influence both domestically and abroad as well as emerging developments between Asian countries.
NABI DRESSLER – COPY-EDITOR
Nabi Dressler is a third 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.
SADHIA SANDHU – RESEARCH ANALYST
Sahdia Sandhu is a 4th year student double majoring in History and Classics at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. She is interested in studying the current historical and political developments within the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the competing regions of influence between China and Japan and how their relationship is affecting the political and socioeconomic development of the Asiatic region. Sahdia joined Synergy to become a part of a community that encourages thought-provoking discourse on the study of Asian politics, economics, and societies. She hopes that the substantive contributions to Synergy will help promote student engagement and critical dialogue about one of the most relevant regions in global politics.
LILY LI – RESEARCH ANALYST
Lily Li is a fourth year student specializing in Political Science and majoring in Criminology. Broadly speaking, she is interested in ethno-nationalism, comparative politics of authoritarianism and liberal democracy, and political theory on the connection between law and state. More specifically, her current study focuses on Chinese government policies on ethnic minorities and the Chinese legal system. In her free time, she likes to travel, watch films and hike.
SOUTHEAST ASIA SECTION
AVIVA GLASSMAN – DEPUTY LEAD EDITOR
STANLEY CHIA – COPY-EDITOR
Stanley is a third-year student doing a double major in International Relations and History and a minor in Contemporary Asian Studies. He currently serves as an event reporter and copy editor for Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies. He is interested in examining the relationship between Southeast Asia and the “West”. His goal at Synergy is to help break down issues in Southeast Asia as well as to act as a bridge between the “east” and “west”.
HELENA NAJM – COPY-EDITOR
RIQUELLE DOOKERAN – COPY-EDITOR
JEFF WANG – RESEARCH ANALYST
SOUTH ASIA SECTION
SANIYA RASHID – DEPUTY LEAD EDITOR
Saniya Rashid is in her 4th year of study majoring in History and minoring in South Asian Studies and Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Being from South Asia herself, Saniya has a keen interest in studying the personal interactions and the resulting narratives in history of inter-country relationships such as those between India and Pakistan. She believes it is in the very micro level analysis of associations that the state level policies can either be justified or invalidated. Her goal as an editor during the upcoming year is not merely style checking, but rather to critically analyze the content of each article that goes into Synergy’s archive, in order to create further avenues for debates on key issues in both socio-political and economic perspective that affect the continent. She hopes that with a passionate group of colleagues, this will materialize in the academic events Synergy hosts to help create a platform that can celebrate and debunk certain discourses surrounding Asia.
EMAAN THAVER – EVENT REPORTER
Emaan Thaver is a third year student studying International Relations and Economics at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Her academic areas of interest include the historical periods of post-war Europe and the logistics of peace as well as contemporary global economic development. She initially joined the Synergy team in order to deepen her critical and professional knowledge of political and cultural debates pertaining to the South Asia region, where her personal interests lie. In particular, she is curious about narratives pertaining to the colonial and post-colonial eras as well as modern challenges to development and progress that the region faces today. As an event-reporter, she is also passionate about research, media and the publishing industry. She hopes that by being involved with the journal, she is able to be part of a team that not only handles written material to be published but also facilitates active discussion and debate about Asia and it’s regional developments.
TASNIM JERIN – EVENT REPORTER
Tashnim Jerin is a 3rd 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.
CATHY NGUYEN – COPY-EDITOR
Cathy is a first 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.
MISHAIL IMRAN – COPY-EDITOR
My name is Mishail Imran and I am am Copy Editor for the term 2016-2017. I recently graduated with a double major in Political Science and Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies. As someone who is interested in global affairs with a focus on South Asia, I feel that Synergy is a great learning platform. I will strive to not only keep myself abreast of occurrences within South Asia but would try to find linkages between East, Southeast and South Asia in an attempt to promote dialogue and discussion on pertinent issues surrounding the regions.
MISHA SHAHID – RESEARCH ANALYST