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Raymond Lu '11 Awarded Carnegie Fellowship

Raymond Lu '11 in China

Raymond Lu '11 in China

Raymond Lu, a senior majoring in international relations, has been awarded one of only nine 2011-12 Junior Fellowships by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, located in Washington, D.C.  He was selected from a pool nominated by close to 400 participating colleges.

As a Carnegie Junior Fellow, Lu will work with the organization’s Asia Program as a research assistant and have the opportunity to participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Lu’s previous research experience includes an internship with Freedom House, a U.S.-based NGO that conducts research on democracy and human rights, and an internship at the U.S. State Department, focused on human rights policy issues, through the Washington Semester Program. He has also spent eight months in China, traveling to Beijing for an intensive language immersion program at Tsinghua University and on a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) grant to study about how grassroots, unregistered NGOs operate in China.

“Interning at a grassroots labor rights organization allowed me to meet migrant workers and other individuals, often over-looked in discussions about China’s economic rise,” says Lu about his experience. “The months I spent in Beijing tracking down people to interview for my senior thesis…exposed me to local perspectives on the country’s political situation and sensitized me to the challenges of conducting fieldwork in a closed society.”

Lu is currently writing his thesis on the political impact of grassroots civil society in China, based on interviews conducted with local activists and embassy officials in Beijing last summer.  Following the fellowship, he plans to attend law school or graduate school. “Although my interests run the gamut from rule of law to security issues,” says Lu,”I know that China will be central to my future career.”

A resident of San Jose, Calif., Lu is the son of Li-Fang Chen and Jih-Kae Lu, who are also residents of San Jose.