Please join us in welcoming our new China fellows Mackenzie Lew ’19 going to Beijing Normal University and Le’Priya White ’19 going to Shanxi Agricultural University! They will start their fellowships this summer with language training. Over the next few weeks, we’ll also be posting about our new fellows going to Indonesia, India, and Japan.
Mackenzie Lew ‘19, a History and Comparative American studies double major, is the 2019-2020 Fellow to Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. After studying Mandarin for several years, she is excited to begin immersing herself in Chinese language and culture. While at Oberlin, she has been active in the Asian American community on campus as a member of Oberlin College Taiko and an officer for the Japanese Student Association and Asian American Alliance. She has also been involved in planning Oberlin’s annual Asian Night Market, and is looking forward to eating at the night markets in Asia. She has worked with immigrant communities as an intern for Refugees Northwest, and hopes to use her skills in Mandarin to pursue a career in immigration advocacy.
Le’Priya White ‘19, a sociology major, is the 2019-2021 Fellow to Shanxi Agricultural University in Taigu, China. In Spring 2018, Le’Priya studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, where she enrolled in a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) course. This course inspired her to further explore teaching as she is interested in intercultural communication and language learning. As a Mellon Mays fellow, she conducted research on fashion of Queer/Trans people of color at predominately white institutions. She is interested in learning more about the idea of fashion as a language and a form of communication. In addition, during her time at Oberlin, Le’Priya has been involved in several cultural musical ensembles, such as Oberlin Steel (OSTEEL), the Javanese Gamelan ensemble, and a Brazilian ensemble. Le’Priya aims to explore her passions for music and language learning in China.