Following Family Footsteps in China

Louise Edwards, a creative writing and neuroscience major and Africana studies minor, has been awarded a Shansi Fellowship with Shanxi Agricultural University in Taigu, China, where she will teach undergraduate and graduate English conversation and culture classes. Edwards ’16 learned about Shansi from her grandmother, who participated in the program (formerly called Oberlin-in-China) from 1949-1950. Edwards is currently taking a two-month intensive Chinese language course in Beijing, and will move to Taigu in the fall.

“The Shansi fellowship is an opportunity for me to learn more about my biracial identity by engaging in cross-cultural learning,” she says.

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