Channing Lee


my name is Channing

I recently graduated from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service with a B.S.F.S. in International Politics with a focus in U.S. Foreign Policy & Processes and minors in Religion, Ethics & World Affairs and Chinese. I am also a second-year M.A. candidate in Georgetown's Security Studies Program, concentrating in Tech and Security with a certificate in Asian studies.I’m passionate about understanding U.S.-Asia relations, advocating for religious dialogue, and engaging in social impact-driven work. I’m fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, and English.

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My first book, Stronger Than Trust: Igniting the Faith Within Us was published in April 2021.I've co-hosted a podcast called The Big Brown Bag: Candid Career Conversations with Alec and Channing and frequently write for various publications on topics of foreign policy, culture, and faith.

I have unique experience working at the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), U.S. Department of State, US-Asia Institute, Biden for President, and the U.S. House of Representatives.Since 2016, I have sat on the Executive Board of the Orange County Debate League and have previously volunteered for Advance OC, APIAVote, Pathways of Hope, HOBY California, and more.

Hailing from Southern California, I always strive to be an informed citizen, activist, and servant leader in my community.When I'm not burying myself in work, you can find me creating art, making music, or traveling around the world.

Debut Book

Stronger Than Trust :
Igniting the Faith Within Us

Stronger Than Trust: Igniting the Faith Within Us is a book about faith—but not in the way most people perceive it. I wrote this book because there is so much negativity in the world—so much hatred, so much division, and so much polarization—yet we seem to lack faith. I felt compelled to write about an alternative to that: a mindset of faith.My hope is that, after reading this book, you will discover that faith can come in all different forms and that you can and should find faith in your own life. In this book, I hope to instill in you the same passion and excitement that I have for my own faith, which happens to be religious. Ultimately, I want you to see this book as a tool to help you better understand the importance of faith in the modern world and how it is everything but outdated.Stronger Than Trust: Igniting the Faith Within Us is a nonfiction book that speaks to people of all backgrounds and ages—although young people especially—who want to look at faith in the modern world in a new way. It was published in April 2021 by New Degree Press and is available where most books are sold. The audiobook was published in November 2021.

Praise for Stronger Than Trust

“In Stronger Than Trust: Igniting the Faith Within Us, Channing Lee offers an engaging reflection on faith through vivid stories of diverse people who have faced different challenges and opportunities. Through these stories Channing deepens the reader's understanding of what faith in action can look like from a variety of angles. Stronger than Trust is for anyone interested in how faith plays out in real life.” — Kim Daniels, Co-Director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University“In Stronger Than Trust, Channing Lee brings a heartfelt voice to the modern-day discussion about faith. She touches on different elements that are relatable and endearing to today’s members of the faith community and provides inspirational guidance for the next generation.” — Katie Nguyen Kalvoda, Founder of Asian Americans Rising“Channing tells her stories with honesty and grace. A wonderful read.” — Jasmine Nguyen, Co-Founder of Diversify Our Narrative“Channing’s strong personal integrity, character, and passion for life and those around her shine through in her writing. Her careful thought, drive, and enthusiasm never cease to inspire those around her.” — Mary Sue Bissell, President at US-Asia Institute“Channing’s heartfelt message about faith and perseverance is inspirational for many readers who want to seek purpose in their life. Her book brings a holistic perspective to the various raw experiences that help us, as people, make the most of what we have and look forward to the future.” — Victor Ye, Founder of UnTextbooked & InnovaYouth, Social Entrepreneur“Channing Lee thoughtfully and carefully explores the myths and commonly associated beliefs associated with religion and, more importantly, faith. She makes faith, and her story, inclusive and accessible for everybody.” — Chris O’Reilly, Author of Seeking Adversity“A beautiful, authentic book that affirms that faith is not simply a personal moment — it’s a collective journey.” — Ellena Hyeji Joo, Author of Into the Unknown: Human Curiosity, Politics, and Prejudice in the True Space Age“Channing Lee’s book Stronger Than Trust is not only phenomenally written, but also highly captivating. Given its sincerity, her message is widely applicable to a global audience. I’d recommend a read for anyone in search of a fresh perspective on hope!” — Bora Oztekin, President of the Orange County Debate League“Revisiting faith for the modern world as a means of unifying and reigniting humanity in the belief of something greater than the individual self is beautifully examined by Channing Lee. She clears up old notions and explores how we can access confidence that a better future is in store for us all.” — Pasqualina Coppola, Author of Becoming an Empowered Patient

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The Big Brown Bag: Candid Career Conversations with Alec and Channing

Co-hosted by Alec Bohlman and Channing Lee, The Big Brown Bag: Candid Career Conversations with Alec and Channing is a special 5-part podcast produced by the US-Asia Institute that explores unique career opportunities in which Asian Americans and Americans from other backgrounds have thrived.Like during a “brown bag” lunch, the podcast aims to chat with successful Americans from various backgrounds and fields who can share some insight, advice, and guidance with young people. Guests include Amy Lee Segami, Marc Futernick, Konrad Ng, and Henry David Hwang.You can listen to our podcast on Spotify, Apple podcasts, and Google podcasts.

On AiR: IR in the age of AI
with Ngor Luong

S4E12: China’s AI Investment Activity in SE Asia with Ngor Luong and Channing LeeIn this episode, Chris talks with Ngor Luong and Channing Lee of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) at Georgetown University about their recently published report, Chinese AI Investment and Commercial Activity in Southeast Asia.

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Conversation Six
with Emily Weinstein

In this episode of Conversation Six, Emily Weinstein of Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology and I discuss the contribution of China's state key laboratory system to its domestic innovation strategy and overall science and technology planning.The six-minute feature can be found here.



Korea’s Tech Story: Where It’s Been, and Where It’s Going | Co-authored with Joe Wang | March 2024
Mapping the U.S.-PRC Tech Competition Landscape | December 2023
Establishing U.S. Global Leadership in the Era of GenAI | Co-authored with Joe Wang and Noah Stein | October 2023
Global Emerging Technology Summit Recap | Co-authored with Joe Wang | September 2023
A Traveler’s Pocket Guide to Chinese Communist Party Doublespeak | Co-authored with Liza Tobin and David Lin | August 2023

The Diplomat

Don’t Sleep on Chinese Tech Investment in Southeast Asia | Co-authored with Ngor Luong | May 2023

Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET)

Chinese AI Investment and Commercial Activity in Southeast Asia | Co-authored with Ngor Luong and Margarita Konaev | February 2023
China’s State Key Laboratory System: A View into China’s Innovation System | Co-authored with Emily S. Weinstein, Ryan Fedasuik, and Anna Puglisi | June 2022
Map of China’s State Key Laboratory System | Co-authored with Emily S. Weinstein, Daniel Chou, Ryan Fedasuik, and Anna Puglisi | June 2022

National Catholic Reporter

I attended a global meeting of Jesuit educators. Here's what I learned about our global responsibility as Catholics. | August 2022
3 ways Catholics can be allies to Asian Americans | August 2022

Georgetown Security Studies Review

China, Too, Is Gearing Up for Tech Competition | April 2023
From ChatGPT to Chat CCP: The Future of Generative AI Models in China | March 2023
No, Taiwan’s “Blue Wave” Is Not an Endorsement of Reunification | December 2022
China’s Dismissal of #MeToo as a Tool of Western Influence Harms Women | October 2022

Divergent Options

Assessing the Tension Between Privacy and Innovation | April 2022

The Hamiltonian

No Time to Wait in Getting Digital Trade Right | July 2022

Emory Journal of Asian Studies

Biden’s One Tech-Trade Policy Shot: Trials and Tribulations of a U.S.-Led Digital Trade Agreement in the Indo-Pacific | Spring 2022

Southern California International Review

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: An Evaluation of U.S.-Indonesia Relations Regarding Religious Freedom | Fall 2021

Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education

How Jesuit institutions can help preserve global democracy | October 2022
Building Bridges of Hope: Reflection on a Synodal Encounter with Pope Francis | March 2022

The Defense Post

Washington's Balancing Act with Tigray | Co-authored with Sam Abodo, Lauren Jarvis, and Evan Wright | August 2021

Berkley Center for Religion, Ethics & World Affairs

What the Holy Don't See: A Catholic Defense of Vatican-Taiwan Relations | April 2022

The Georgetown Voice

How Shang-Chi fulfilled my childhood dream | October 2021

The Hoya

Strengthening My Spiritual Voice | November 2022

On The Record

The California recall: A circus at best, a threat to democracy and public health at worst | September 2021
The inauguration of Joe Biden, America’s 2nd Roman Catholic president, offers our broken nation a pathway to hope | January 2021
To Mobilize Our Democracy, We Must Improve Ballot Access, June 2020

The Startup

Is Nuclear the Answer to Our Energy Crisis? | September 2020

Dialogue & Discourse

Immigration Is a National Security Issue — And Not the One You’d Expect | May 2021
Capitol Mobs: A Threat to Democracy Everywhere | January 2021
Fear Works, But at What Cost? | August 2020
100 Years Later, Women Are Killing It | August 2020
Think the Pandemic Has Helped the Environment? | August 2020
US-China Tensions Have Suddenly Sky-Rocketed | July 2020
Is America Too Diverse? | July 2020
What Will They Do This Fall? | July 2020
Celebrate Your Freedom, But Don’t Abuse It | July 2020
We Need an Americanized Method of Contact Tracing | June 2020
Why Hunger Remains the Most Devastating World Crisis | June 2020


What Wearing a Mask and Mitigating Climate Change Have in Common | July 2020

Moments of Passion

Why We Should Be Politically Active, According to Plato | July 2020
4 Lessons of Confucius We Should Apply More Today | July 2020
a love letter to a nation that needs more love | June 2020

Self-Published on Medium

Frustrated by the Increased Polarization of Our Country, I Spoke with a Trump Supporter. Here’s What She Said. | June 2020
Protests, an Unexpected Opportunity for Unity | June 2020
The System Spans Beyond Cops — And Reform Must, Too | June 2020

The Caravel

COVID-19 Threatens Eradication of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples | May 2020
Colombia Furthers Quarantine Measures by Enacting Gender Restrictions | April 2020
Salvadoran President Vetoes Legislative Assembly’s Civil War Crimes Law | March 2020
Juan Guaidó Meets with U.S. Leaders in Washington, D.C. | February 2020
Powerful Earthquakes Strike the Caribbean | February 2020
Guaidó Meets with Foreign Leaders While Defying Travel Ban | February 2020
Colombians Protest President Duque, Calling for More Action | November 2019
Chilean Protesters Call for “Constitutional Assembly or Nothing” | November 2019
Brazil Votes against U.N. Condemnation of U.S. Embargo | November 2019
Colombia Deploys Troops in Response to Rebel Attack on Indigenous Leaders | November 2019
Guatemala Court Suspends Inquiry into UN-backed Anti-Corruption Commission | October 2019
Peru Plunges into Political Crisis | October 2019
U.S. Leads Latin American Countries in Invoking Rarely-Used Rio Treaty | October 2019
Venezuela Releases Political Prisoner Edgar Zambrano | September 2019


Hear From 5 Global Leaders on Topics Important to Georgetown Students | Georgetown University | October 2022
Oklahoma Team Dominates Congressional Staffers Softball League | Oklahoma News on 6 | July 2022
Georgetown Students Dialogue with Pope Francis in Live Zoom Event | Georgetown University | March 2022
Meet the US students set to talk to Pope Francis on Feb. 24 | National Catholic Reporter | February 2022
疫情中有感 華生李芊出書談信仰 | World Journal 世界日报 | May 2021
The Connelly Cup Award | OC Catholic | July 2019
Connelly Cup to Channing Lee | Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange | June 2019
Time Flies | OC Catholic | February 2019
State Superintendent Torlakson Announces California High School Students to the 2019 U.S. Senate Youth Program | California Department of Education | December 2018
Cornelia Connelly School is the New Home to a Holocaust Survivor’s Art Collection and Museum | Society of the Holy Child Jesus | October 2018
2016 California/West Coast Chapter Spotlight | Carson Scholars | May 2016
Tri-School Theatre reaches out to busy students | Orange County Register | February 2016


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