Born in Hohhot as a Mongolian minority in China, Yishu Mao was brought up in Shenzhen, where China’s economic reforms first launched. After witnessing the contrasts and changes within China, Mao decided to study in the U.S. and received a B.A. in Literature from Bard College. She interned at PEN America Center and ChinaFile in 2016. She is now completing a M.A. in Global Studies at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Germany, where she focuses on the role of China in the progress and consequences of globalization in the 21st century.