Linwei Shao is a first year graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, with a concentration in Communication and Information Technology. Prior to coming to US, she graduated from Zhejiang University with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in German, where her research interests include public opinion and consequences of new media technologies. She also published a paper in China Media Research examining the association between cultural differences and social media use in a comparative analysis of Chinese and American youth. Throughout her studies, she served as a journalist in several newspapers and organizations including Xinhua News Agency. Linwei currently works as an Editorial and Social Media intern at FROMzine, the first major bilingual (English/Chinese) publication that focuses on lifestyle, culture, and travel in the U.S. and China.