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Matthew Shen

What are your academic or professional interests in relation to the Asia Pacific region?

I am a fourth-year student at the University of British Columbia, studying in a dual degree program for a Bachelor’s of International Relations and Master of Management. My academic interests surround international trade & finance, economic policy, and business strategy. I currently work at TD Canada Trust as an advisor, helping clients with personal lending and investments. Outside of school and work, I love to read about the human mind, stay active, and explore the Pacific Northwest with my dog, Blue.

Is there a special place in Asia that you feel most connected to (whether through travels, family, or another experience)?

I spent my childhood in Hong Kong, Germany, and Canada, and have always felt very connected to Asia by my family.

Why do you believe Canadian students and young professionals should take an interest in Asia?

I am a strong believer that Canadian students and young professionals should take an interest in Asia as many emerging economies are projected to grow exponentially within the next few decades and will produce many opportunities for careers and businesses.

What do you hope to accomplish this year as part of the Vancouver Asia Pacific Youth Council?

As part of the Asia Pacific Youth Council, I hope to help grow exposure to these opportunities for youth in Vancouver.

Do you have any recommended books about Asia?

A book I would recommend about Asia would be The Concrete Jungle by Thomas Campanella, as it succinctly describes what China’s urban revolution and miraculous economy mean for the rest of the world.

Where would you go next in Asia and why?

If I were to travel to Asia, my first-choice destination would be Cambodia to visit a close friend who moved from Vancouver to pursue a career in real estate development.

What is your favourite Asian snack?

My favourite Asian snacks are Japanese fruit gummies.