Yiyang grew up on a farm in east China and relocated to Beijing as a kid. She attended China University of Political and Law and Peking University, where she received her LL.B. and B.A. in economics in 2018. She studied abroad in the law school of Lund University, Sweden, on a fully funded scholarship, where she delved into maritime law and the legal history of minorities. She also benefited from an intensive French language school in the University of Geneva and gradually became proficient in French. Yiyang further attended Northwestern University and earned an L.L.M. with Honors in 2019.

Yiyang is passionate about social justice. After graduate school, Yiyang joined a domestic violence center in Beijing. She assisted senior attorneys in civil and criminal cases and actively participated in campaigns against gender-based violence. At the same time, she also volunteered at another NGO as a project manager to advance transgender rights. Most recently, she worked at a leading law firm as a junior associate. Yiyang looks forward to expanding her experience in litigation, arbitration, and structural equality promotion while studying at Georgetown Law.

Yiyang is an avid world traveler and a passionate cook. She enjoys writing and music in her spare time. Yiyang speaks Mandarin, English, and French, and hopes to utilize her interdisciplinary background and trilingual skills to serve the underrepresented communities in a globally interconnected context.