Last year, on the airport ride from Kyoto Station to Kansai Airport,Annelise Giseburt  made a decisive choice to apply for a Shansi Fellowship, and a year later she finds herself selected as the first Obie to be awarded the new Shansi Hiroshima Fellowship. This is a full-time, two-year position working with a United Nations agency and two local NGOs on various peace-building initiatives. During her stay, Annelise intends to examine the historical context of present-day Hiroshima and the city’s importance in modern Japanese culture. In 2014, Annelise interned at Seattle’s Japan-America Society, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Washington State. An East Asian Studies and English double major, Annelise is currently taking fifth-year Japanese in preparation for the internationally administered Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, a major step towards becoming a translator in the future. When she is not busy studying, Annelise works at the Writing Center as a peer tutor and The Oberlin Review as a production editor. As for the Shansi Fellowship, she looks forward to the challenge, noting that “Multicultural experiences challenge me to think in new ways and raise the bar of whatever work I am doing.”

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