Meredith is in her 4th year of a Double Bachelor Degree of Development Studies and Languages, majoring in French Language and Culture, minoring in Political Science and Spanish Language.
Where would you like to travel to in Asia and the Pacific regions?
Would love to travel anywhere in French Polynesia! The many islands (believed to have formed from a series of underwater volcanic eruptions) look incredibly breathtaking. I would love to witness traditional song and dance from this region, try the fresh food markets and local produce too.
What issue in Asia and the Pacific regions are you most intrigued by?
Like many, I am very interested in the many ways climate change is affecting Asia and the Pacific regions. Specifically, low-lying islands that are bearing the brunt of changes like temperature increase, sea-level rise, dwindling biodiversity and migration, to name a few. I am also fascinated by the varying modes of activism in the region, and how individuals are mobilising others to take notice of how climate change is affecting the Asian or Pacific regions today.
If you could live anywhere in Asia and the Pacific regions, where would it be and why?
Hands down in Taipei, Taiwan. The city sleeps until the afternoon, has a vibrant night life, food stalls on every corner and big open squares. I also love Taiwanese food: Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings), bubble tea, fried chicken, shaved ice etc.