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“Lost & Found” is an animated series that gives international students an opportunity to share their journey, discuss what they left behind in coming to BU, and pinpoint one thing that has helped them find a sense of community here.

Yunran Zhang (Questrom’19) grew up in Chongqing, often referred to as “the mountain city of China.” As a child, Zhang fell in love with traditional Chinese dance. When she arrived as a freshman, she joined the Dance Theatre Group, and a year later became a member of BU’s first traditional Chinese dance organization, Verge Dance Company. Next, she took classes in modern dance, hip-hop, and tap.

Last spring, following a difficult breakup, Zhang found consolation in dance, choreographing a piece that could express both the heartbreak she felt and the return of happiness she eventually experienced.

“I needed a way to deal with my own emotions,” she says. “I like dancing because I never feel alone. It’s a way of discovering who I am on the inside.”

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