Yangyang Cheng, Author at SupChina
Yangyang Cheng

Yangyang Cheng is a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University, and a member of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Born and raised in China, Cheng received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 2015, and her Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Science and Technology of China's School for the Gifted Young. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, MIT Technology Review, ChinaFile, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and other publications.

Hands That Feed

At a time when ethno-authoritarianism is on the rise across the globe, often aided by new technology, the idea that…

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Freedom in Dissent

As protests rage in Hong Kong, Yangyang Cheng thinks about her own experience with expression and dissent.     “Are…

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‘Communism is a faith’

90 million people are officially members of the Chinese Communist Party. Why have they chosen to take the pledge? And…

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The Highest Exam

The gaokao is the most formidable test in the world. Literally “the high exam,” it is China’s National College Entrance Examination,…

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My science has no nationality

For Chinese scientists who immigrated to the U.S., where do their hearts and bodies belong? In their home country, where…

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Protesting in the name of science: The legacy of China’s May Fourth Movement

A hundred years after the rally for “Mr. Science” and “Mr. Democracy,” can the pursuit of scientific truth bring political…

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Thicker than blood

For a young Chinese woman, pursuing a career in the physical sciences implies defying societal expectations of a woman’s body,…

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The Chinese scientist and the foreign tongue

For generations of Chinese scientists, the cultivating of a foreign tongue was not only a tool to help untangle the…

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For science, or the ‘motherland’? The dilemma facing China’s brightest minds

Pictured: Tsung-Dao Lee (left) and Chen Ning Yang (right) The fathers of modern Chinese physics survived idealism and endured persecution.…

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