My history with China began recently, just two years ago, when I joined a line of research on China promoted by a professor at my University, who after attending an academic meeting organized in this enigmatic country, convinced us of the importance of study the high-level political and economic relations that our country, Venezuela, has with the People's Republic of China.Bachelor of Actuarial Sciences graduated from the Central University of Venezuela (2014). Professor of the Statistics and Probability and Actuaries Departments of the School of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences of the UCV. Head of the Statistical Department of the Department of Statistics and Probability, and of the Chair of Insurance of the Actuarial Department. Actuarial Professional of the Superintendence of the Insurance Activity. Coordinator of the Statistical-Actuarial Research Unit of the School of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. Researcher at the Venezuelan Center for Studies on China (CVEC).
Because of my eyes’ shape, everyone in my family was used to call me «Little Chinese Princess», so this was a first «call from China» that destiny was doing for me! At University of Rome, in 2002 I was one of the first student studying Chinese Law and then I have focused my Ph.D. Research Project on Chinese Law System, spending three years in Beijing with a Doctoral Fellowship at Beijing University – School of Law.During these years I have studied Chinese language, Chinese Legal Institutions, Chinese Philosophy of Law and Chinese History.Now I am directing the Center for Chinese Studies at National University of La Plata, once of the most important in Latin America, directing the first Master on Chinese Studies as well.
My name is David Castrillon, I vividly remember learning about Chinese history from Dr. Edwin Pak-wah Leung, helping Dr. Zheng Wang in the writing of his book Never Forget National Humiliation: Historic Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations, and taking intensive Chinese language classes under the direction of Dr. Chen Dongdong (who gave me my Chinese name, 孔天威). I currently teach three courses about China: China’s Economic Transformation, a class about China’s remarkable experience of development as it transitions towards a knowledge-oriented economy; Contemporary China, a class that connects history with Chinese society today; and China’s Developmental Path, a Master’s-level class about China’s unique development experience, and the lessons that it offers to other countries. I believe these courses have left positive impressions on students about China and its role in the world.