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Asian Studies Alumnae Stories
Asian studies majors and minors graduate to pursue careers in fields as varied as education, business, NGOs, journalism, the arts, government service, and graduate study.
Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.
Poh Choo Sim '11: The American culture encouraged me to explore outside of my comfort zone, while the Chinese culture was a mystery inside of me.
Mengyuan Tang '16: I will continue to pursue my passion in law school to fight against corruption, especially in international law.
Audrey Zhang Yang ’13: My experiences and connections at Mount Holyoke continue to motivate me to thrive in many areas of my post-graduate life.
Kameliya Atanasova ’08: My arabic skills, writing experience in Cairo, and digital media training in the Five Colleges prepared my graduate foundation.
Yaaminey Mubayi ’90: I wanted to study Asian Art, Comparative Religions, languages and Cultures and chose South Asian Studies as a major.
Lawren Wilkins ’16: Most of my joy in South Korea was not spent in the classroom at Ewha but in the city of Seoul.
Emma Murphy '15: The Barbara Yen Sun Prize funded my research into the significance of Japanese baseball in Japan's political development.
Akemi Go '15: Studying the language, the culture, and the country inspired me to complete an independent study on Business in China and study in Beijing.
Jenna Lenz ’11: I found many great opportunities but none more influential than my time in Japan through the Associated Kyoto Program.
Yun Zhu ’16: the interdisciplinary East Asian Studies minor has enriched my perspectives and enhanced my critical thinking.
Megan Brooks '14: I still carry what I learned in my Middle Eastern Studies major, the people I met, and my experiences abroad into all that I do.
Yafu Zhu '16: My honor thesis topic lead me to four months of fieldwork in a remote county in Yunnan Province, Western.
Phuong Nguyen ’17: my Theatre Arts and East Asian Studies majors were extremely helpful preparation for a future career in Costume Design in Asia.
Nondie Hemphill '10: MHC instilled within me the courage to follow my interests and unapologetically enter into the burgeoning field of Space Law.
Linnea Johnson '13: studying Chinese gave me a new vantage point from which to observe the world and a meaningful tool with which to effectively engage it.
Mengjia Wan ’14: during my study abroad in Tokyo, I listened to Japanese people's views on Japan's society, culture and foreign relations.
Anna Lee White '15: The Barbara Yen Sun Prize funded my research in New York among the largest Tibetan community in the US.
Mei Lum ’12, new owner of her family store — one of the oldest shops in the neighborhood — keeps community and family traditions thriving.
Mei Lum ’12: In Thailand and China I learned that it’s okay to not know and to be uncomfortable in the unknown. That’s where really great things happen.
Caitlin Baltzley '16: studying Chinese in Beijing was the ideal environment for me to improve my Mandarin and the adventure of a lifetime.
Olivia Griffin ’13: everyone assured me, “your undergrad major doesn’t matter" but I am absolutely sure I chose the right major in Middle Eastern Studies.
Reflections on Studying Abroad in South Korea, by Clare Ysabella Heywood ’21 a Mount Holyoke College East Asian Studies Major.
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