Yangran Gao

2021 - 2022

Advisor: Mikael Wolfe

Class of 2022

Born in a small town in southeastern China and raised in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang province, Yangran has witnessed and experienced the steady economic growth and the urban-rural divide that still exists in this country. In 2020, Yangran graduated from Peking University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature. He also double majored in Economics and traveled to Spain to study philology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid via an exchange program.

During his undergraduate study, a series of small projects related to Latin American Literature ignited Yangran’s desire to learn more about this area. At Stanford, Yangran wants to understand the history of Latin America and the current difficulties its people encounter from a comparative perspective. He hopes to find out what China and Latin America could learn from each other in terms of effective ways of improving fiscal, economic, and social conditions in developing countries.

In his leisure time, Yangran enjoys traveling, cooking, swimming, and playing card games. He loves things long ago, far away, or simply inexistent, for example, the Three Kingdoms, the northern lights, and Pokémon. His favorite food is Japanese curry rice.