2007-2011 BA Modern languages, University of Milan. 2011-2014, MA China studies, University of Turin. 2012-2013 MA China studies, Zhejiang University. 2014- Ph.D Oriental studies, Oxford University
Chinese and English teacher
Main jobs: Xue Hanyu Chinese language school. Wall Street English. Chinese-Italian mediator in hospitals in Milan.
Mercury school: tourism, language learning and culture exchange for Chinese groups.
I am the owner
Favourite thing to do in science: Spending time with my interviewees in China, getting to know them and their families, learning about Chinese culture while they learn about ours!
Italian-American, in love with China.
I live in Oxford with my husband. I come from Milan and love everything that is arty and creative, so I like to keep up with the latest fashion and make-up trends. On my spare time I make things, like simple jewelry and other crafts. I am also a decent cook, I like to borrow interesting recipes from other countries and try my best to reproduce them at home! I travel as often as I can and I love to watch TV shows and movies, both Western and Asian. I am a big fan of How I Met Your Mother, btw.
I’m a researcher in Contemporary China Studies
I am a researcher at Oxford University and I am interested in contemporary China, especially Chinese society. I am writing a book on how Chinese families adapt to the big city of Shanghai from a perspective that no one has considered before! This is why being a researcher is so exciting, because you are always discovering new things.
My Typical Day
Reading, writing, keeping up with my Chinese and meeting new people :)
My typical routine includes reading material, writing papers and my thesis, and sometimes going to Shanghai to meet with Chinese families and listen to their stories. Thanks to my work, I spent two years in China and met a lot of new people. Sometimes professors from China come to Oxford and I get to welcome them and take them around the city.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Warm, creative, encouraging
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Making a contribution to my field of study
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
One of my professors from university, who spoke the best Chinese. After listening to her speak, I realized I had hope too :) What inspired me is the wish to overcome language and cultural barriers between East and West, afterall human feelings are all the same :)
What was your favourite subject at school?
English literature, I had a great English teacher in high school, I will never forget him!
What did you want to be after you left school?
A language teacher
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, a few times. But nothing too serious, I still made it to today :)
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A language teacher, English or Chinese.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Pop and rock music, it’s really hard to find one favourite!
What's your favourite food?
I love sushi and Italian food, of course ;)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Spending a night in a tree house in Laos. That was a few years ago, when my husband and I went traveling for nearly two months in South East Asia with only a backpack on our shoulders. Well, I probably had more than one..
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be happy, have the money to do what makes me happy, have all the people I love in the same city!
Tell us a joke.
A: My plants die all the time! B: Oh, do you ever talk to them? A: Sure, I talk to them all day! B: Ok, that’s why….
I don’t have an office for now, but I usually work in the China Centre in Oxford!