Kemeng Fan graduated Cum Laude from Boston College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Born and raised in Taiyuan, China, he came to the U.S. as an international student to enter the tenth grade. He studied in Massachusetts during high school and college (where he heroically attempted and failed to memorize the correct spelling of the state’s name like many before him).

Kemeng spent the third year of undergraduate studies as an exchange student at Sweden’s Uppsala University, where he took courses in Scandinavian culture and history, Swedish language, and Postcolonialism. Afterwards, he took a gap semester, firstly attending summer courses in media and photography at Peking University, then taking up communications internships consecutively at the European Chamber of Commerce and at Ericsson (China). During this period, he also worked part-time as a news assistant for then Boston Globe China correspondent Jessica Meyers.

Kemeng spent the summer of 2017 as a research assistant for Dr. Yue Liu, an internet security and privacy expert at the Institute of China ICT Development & Strategy in Nanjing, China. Immediately following his December 2017 graduation, Kemeng took on a full-time news internship with Los Angeles Times, where he assisted the full-time journalists and wrote his own stories on sexual harassment and online censorship in China. Kemeng’s topics of interest include freedom of speech, media regulations, and legal practices in cross-cultural communication. He is native in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in English, with basic knowledge of Swedish. Kemeng was also a Division I fencer at Boston College’s varsity fencing team.