Helen Yang: Industrialized Humanity
How is our society different from an isolated village? Incorporating the experiences from her visit to protected minority Villages in Southern China, Helen explores what industrialization and the development of technology has truly brought forward – did it break or create isolation?
Helen is an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma student at Western International School of Shanghai. She was born in Chicago, grew up in Toronto, and later moved to Shanghai in second grade. Being raised in different environments and influenced by the IB curriculum, Helen learned to appreciate the diversity and uniqueness among various cultures. She believes that through exploring and interacting with the world around us, one will be able to better build an awareness of the issues it faces, and view the world with a more critical perspective and compassionate heart. Hence, after entering the IB program, she engaged in various community services to better explore the local area; including teaching migrant students English every Saturday, raising money for suffering moon bears, participating in the preservation of endangered local plants in Shanghai, and visiting underprivileged villages in AnHui and GuiLin. Since she was a little girl, Helen has always longed to study medicine to heal the ones around her. Hence, although she hasn’t fully planned out her future yet, she knows with certainty that she wants to make efficient use of the time given to her, through doing something that’d generate a positive change in the community; therefore, fulfill her dream to cure and heal.