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Medical student Mengyi Zha is working to expand access to health care for the poor in China. Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox.

Spreading sunshine and love in China

Mengyi Zha (’16) is already working to help China’s poor and homeless populations get the basic health services they need. “Growing up in Beijing, I was aware of the large number of poor and homeless people living in the streets but was taught to ignore them,” Zha recalls. “I felt it was my responsibility to speak for the voiceless and advocate for the ignored, but it wasn’t encouraged.”