So I have received several questions of the form, “How does learning Chinese relate to your PhD thesis?”.
Short answer: it doesn’t. 🙂
Longer answer: actually, studying Chinese may be the most important “major-related” course anyone could be taking right now, regardless of one’s major…
Even longer answer: each person I’ve met who is studying Chinese or working here somehow felt drawn to China in a way that they can’t explain. Very few people here at HBA seem to have a major that has anything to do with Chinese.