Sunny Zhang

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Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

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Currently, Yang Zhang is under Dr. David L. Andrews with research interests examining the Chinese influence on the U.S. physical culture (sinofication), globalization and glocalization of physical culture, Chinese martial arts (Wushu) and the Chinese elite sports system. Yang Zhang under the advisement of Dr. Shirley Reekie completed her thesis entitled "Professional Wushu Athletes: Potential Athletic/Personal Dissonance" which concentrates on the Chinese professional sport system and the conflict of developing athletic skills at the risk of an individual’s personal and educational development.  After a long and successful career as a professional martial arts (wushu) athlete in China, Yang (Sunny) Zhang came to the United States seeking higher level education and the opportunity to make a difference in her field of interest, kinesiology.