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May 19, 2006|Volume 34, Number 29|Three-Week Issue















Eight graduating seniors are bound
for China as teaching fellows

The Yale-China Association has selected eight members of the Class of 2006 to serve as Yale-China Teaching Fellows in mainland China and Hong Kong.

This year's fellows are Andrew Fennell of Ezra Stiles College, Sarah Fellows of Jonathan Edwards College, Max Gladstone of Saybrook College, Jeremy Kutner of Branford College, Julia Lauper of Morse College, Jee Eun Lee of Saybrook College, Ivy Wang of Ezra Stiles College and Max West of Silliman College.

The Yale-China Association is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote mutual understanding between Chinese and Americans through teaching and service. For nearly a century, the organization has sent Yale graduates to undertake two-year teaching fellowships in mainland China and Hong Kong. Yale-China Fellows teach academic writing and oral English courses, and lecture on American history and culture to Chinese university and high school students and teachers. Throughout their two-year assignments, fellows also study Chinese language and culture and carry out community engagement projects.

Lauper and Lee will teach English majors at The Chinese University of Hong Kong's New Asia College, where Yale-China fellows have been teaching since 1956. Lauper, a molecular biology and biochemistry major from Stockton, California, has served on the Standing Committee on Teaching in the Residential Colleges and the Course of Study Committee at Yale. She also works as a cancer researcher under Dr. Joann Sweasy at the School of Medicine. Lee, an English major from Waynesville, Missouri, has served as a Yale President's Public Service Fellow and is the founding director of a weekly creative writing workshop for children in New Haven. She also recruits and organizes volunteers for the English Language Partnership Program at Yale and has served as a Richard U. Light Fellow in Beijing.

Fennell and West will teach top high school students from Hunan province at Yali Middle School, which Yale-China founded in 1906 as the Yale Mission's preparatory school. Fennell, a literature major from Columbia, Missouri, has taught English reading and writing in the New Haven public schools through the America Reads program and has played violin for the Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Opera Theater Company. He has also performed with the Orchestra of the University of Buenos Aires and the Civic Orchestra of New Haven. As an avid student of romance languages, Fennell has studied in Mexico, Argentina, France and Brazil. West is a history major from Washington, D.C., where he has worked as a volunteer reading and English-as-a-second-language tutor in public schools, as an intern investigator for the Public Defender Service, and as a baseball camp coach and director. During his time at Yale, West studied Chinese history and society. He hosts a weekly music show on WYBC Yale Radio and serves as captain of the Yale Men's Ultimate Frisbee team.

Wang and Kutner will teach at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. Wang, a history and English double major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will teach business, economics and finance majors at Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University. An editor and creative writer, Wang has worked at Caijing Magazine in Beijing and at The New Journal at Yale. While at Yale she received a scholarship to study at the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei. She has also served as the head of the news department at WYBC Yale Radio and was selected to represent Yale as a 2006 Connecticut Student Poet. Kutner will teach history, anthropology and philosophy majors at Sun Yat-sen University's School of Humanities. A political science major from Santa Monica, California, he has served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News Magazine, as a staff reporter for the Yale Daily News and as a senior interviewer for Yale's Undergraduate Admissions Office. Kutner also won first place in the 2005 Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest.

Fellows and Gladstone will be the first Yale-China Teaching Fellows to serve at Yale-China's newest teaching site, Xiuning Middle School in Xiuning county, Anhui province. Fellows, a biology major from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has served as a debate and speech judge for the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association and has coached high school debate teams throughout Minnesota. She has also worked as an analyst and consultant for healthcare organizations in Minneapolis and as a summer residential counselor for Yale's Summer Session. Gladstone is an East Asian studies major from Sewanee, Tennessee. He has studied both modern and classical Chinese at Yale, and spent the past two summers working as a translator and English language instructor in Beijing. He has also worked as a reporter for the Yale Daily News and as secretary general of technology for the Yale International Relations Association.

The Yale-China Teaching Fellowship is open to graduating Yale seniors and Yale graduates for up to five years after graduation. For more information, contact Travis Sevy at travis.sevy@yale.edu or (203) 432-2295, or visit the website at www.yalechina.org.


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