John Randolph Thornton (2017)
United States of America
J.R. Thornton graduated from Harvard University in 2014. His first novel, Beautiful Country, loosely inspired by time he spent in Beijing as a teenager, was a best-seller on its release in China and is due to be published worldwide by Harper Collins in April 2016. J.R. was an internationally-ranked junior tennis player, later competing for the Harvard team and on the men’s professional tour. In the long run J.R. plans to enter public service and hopes to become a leader in the development of a positive US-China relationship. Born in London and a current resident of Florida, J.R. is 26 years old and from the United States.