About Stephanie Montgomery
Stephanie Montgomery studied Japanese and Chinese as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada at Reno, including a semester studying abroad in Osaka at Kansai Gakuin University in 2008. She studied Mandarin Chinese at the Middlebury Language School, the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and Qingdao Ocean University in China. She has lived, worked, and conducted research in Osaka, Taipei, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Tianjin. In June 2018, she completed her PhD in Modern Chinese History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Montgomery is currently an Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at St. Olaf College.
About Melissa Brzycki
Melissa Brzycki first traveled to East Asia in 2007 with the help of the Phillips Ambassador Scholarship. She studied Mandarin Chinese in Xiamen, China, and after graduation lived, worked, and did research for years in eastern China, including Quanzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Tianjin. She is writing a doctoral dissertation examining childhood in urban China from 1949 to 1966 at the University of California, Santa Cruz.