Chen Yao (Esse) is an M.A. candidate in the RSEA program. She received her B.A. in English Literature and minors in History and Philosophy at Tsinghua University, with a year studying at University of Oxford and research internships at University of Chicago and Harvard. Her current research focuses on retirement finance, pension reforms, and social and economic policy in Hong Kong and Singapore. She also has an interest in modern and contemporary visual culture.