Louisville man selected as Rhodes scholar

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville man studying at Harvard University has been selected as a 2013 Rhodes scholar.

Allan Hsiao (SHAOW) is a senior is majoring in economics and east Asian studies. In an interview, Hsiao said he hopes eventually to teach economics with a focus on migration. He has done field work in China on rural-to-urban migration.

He is also interested in development and health and "figuring out why some countries are poorer than others."

Hsiao plans to pursue modern Chinese studies at Oxford University, with a focus on urbanization and migration.

Hsiao also directed Harvard's Identities 2012 fashion show, which he said uses models from a variety of backgrounds to showcase the campus' diversity.

Besides speaking English and Chinese, Hsiao is fluent in Arabic, Korean and French, and can read several other languages.

His family is originally from Taiwan, and Hsiao said they would travel there every two or three years when he was growing up. It was there he learned Chinese calligraphy from his grandfather, which he still pursues as a hobby.

"I'm not a master. It's not something I do for hours and hours," he said. But he does practice it from time to time because he finds it "very meditative and soothing."

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