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2016 Keynote Speaker Announced!

Jesse Appell is a Fulbright Scholar alumni whose research focuses on Chinese humor and performance. A Newton, MA native and Brandeis University alumni, Jesse lives in Beijing, China where he performs stand up comedy to cross-cultural audiences in both Chinese and English. His website,, was founded with the focus of using comedy to bridge cultural gaps. Jesse’s performances, writing, and commentary on Chinese comedy, media, and culture have been seen and heard on major media outlets in the U.S. and China such as CBS, TEDx, NPR, CCTV and BTV.


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Registration now open for 2016!

Registration for the 2016 Returnee Conference on February 20th at Emmanuel College is now open!

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