What is HMUN China?
Harvard Model United Nations China is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually in downtown Beijing. At HMUN China, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN China is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. Participants will develop their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and to respond to global concerns.
HMUN China 2018 builds upon decades of experience. In 1927, Harvard held its first annual Model League of Nations, followed by the first Model United Nations conference in
1953. In 2010, this HMUN model was brought to the international stage for the first session of HMUN China, when HMUN brought 13 directors to Beijing.
True to the spirit of the United Nations, founded in 1945, HMUN China strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues, including international peace and security, and economic and social progress. HMUN China stresses the in-depth examination and resolution of pressing issues, emphasizing process over product. During the conference, students learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation. Delegates will preserve their countries' national policy while negotiating in the face of other, sometimes conflicting, international policies.
Why HMUN China?
John D. Bowers— Secretary-General
John Bowers was born and raised in Shrewsbury, MA. He is a senior at Harvard University where he concentrates in Social Studies, a broad discipline integrating multiple forms of social science. In addition to HMUN China, John is involved with Harvard’s parliamentary debate team, its Environmental Action Committee, and the Phillips Brooks House Association. His non-academic interests include running, film, and cooking. On weekends he can be found lounging around reading books, hiking with friends and family, and struggling to keep up with ever-growing amounts of classwork.
After coming to Harvard with no model UN experience whatsoever, John quickly became involved with the university’s MUN travel team. The experiences he had on the college circuit encouraged him to work on the hosting side of the MUN experience, which he subsequently did as the director of HMUN 2016’s Security Council committee. Having travelled to China previously to work at “Pegasus” MUN camps and as Under-Secretary-General for Committees at HMUN China 2017, John is excited to revisit the country with the rest of HMUN China’s talented staff.
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Shunn Theingi— Director-General
Shunn Theingi is a senior at Harvard College, concentrating in Integrative Biology with a secondary in Government. Although she calls New York City home, she was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar. She first became involved in Model UN in freshman year and has since staffed Harvard’s Boston conferences in various capacities. Last year she served as the Under-Secretary-General for Administration at HMUN China 2017.
Asides from her involvement in Model UN, Shunn is involved in the Peer Advising Fellow Program and in Ghungroo, the largest student-run South Asian dance production at Harvard. She is also actively involved in some cultural organizations on campus. In her spare time, she enjoys busting out moves in the middle of Harvard Yard, playing volleyball, embarking on spontaneous adventures, and doing arts and crafts.
Consistently in awe of Model UN’s ability to educate and inspire, Shunn is honored to serve as Director-General and looks forward to welcoming you to Harvard Model United Nations China 2018!
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Antonio Soriano — Under-Secretary-General for Administration
Antonio Soriano is a junior at Harvard College, concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in History of Science. Antonio was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He first became involved in Model UN in freshman year and has since staffed Harvard’s Boston conferences in various capacities. He is super thrilled to help organize his first international MUN conference.
Aside from his involvement in Model UN, Antonio is involved in Harvard's chapter of Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with friends.
Antonio looks forward to working with the wonderful Harvard and Alpha Partners staff members to make this ninth session of conference a memorable and rewarding experience for all delegates. He is honored to serve as Under-Secretary-General for Administration and looks forward to welcoming you to Harvard Model United Nations China 2018!
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Kyle G. Sargent— Under-Secretary-General for Operations
Kyle Sargent is a junior at Harvard College, studying Mathematics and Computer Science. Prior to attending college, he lived in Chicago. At Harvard, he is very involved in the International Relations Council, a politics and diplomacy-oriented student group. Within the IRC this year, he is directing the International Court of Justice for HNMUN-LA, and is also serving as the Undersecretary-General of Operations for HMUN China. In the past, he directed for HMUN Boston and HMUN China, and traveled with Harvard’s competitive Model UN team.
Outside of the IRC, Kyle’s extracurricular interests include machine learning research and pool-playing. He also enjoys cult movies and doing impressions.
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Sunaina L. Danziger— Under-Secretary-General for Committees
Sunaina Danziger is a junior at Harvard College studying History, especially interested in twentieth-century international history, causes of war, and American foreign policy. She was born and raised in New York City, and was an avid member of her high school’s competitive Model UN team. At Harvard, Sunaina has directed DISEC at HMUN Boston, HMUN China, and HMUN India in Hyderabad. Outside of Model UN, Sunaina writes for the Harvard Political Review and Harvard’s satirical magazine, Satire V. She also enjoys running, watching and playing tennis, reading good fiction, playing the piano, and traveling to as many international cities as possible.
Sunaina fully subscribes to the educational, internationalist mission at core of Model UN, which she saw at its best directing at HMUN China 2017. Certainly, Model UN, NYC, and her own international identity (being half-Indian) have enabled her to see herself as part of a global whole. As Under-Secretary General for Committees, Sunaina looks forward to seeing how delegates’ differing backgrounds influence their perspectives within each committee. She is incredibly excited to welcome delegates, faculty, and staff to Beijing for a fantastic conference in March!
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