By: Kelsey Blaylock, Engaged Learning Student Intern
After growing up in New York City and receiving constant exposure to different languages and customs, recent Indiana University graduate Jamie Lui decided to pursue a major in International Studies with a minor in Chinese Language and Culture.
“Some of my closest friends were Japanese, Bengali and Haitian. I felt accustomed to cultural diversity but I also wanted to deepen my cultural understanding of the Chinese side of my family. I became interested in foreign policy because good diplomacy facilitates cultural diversity,” said Lui.
Lui has already expanded her knowledge of Chinese culture and politics outside of the classroom by traveling to Beijing and Shanghai her junior year. Her interest in studying Chinese in an immersive environment only continued when she applied for the Critical Language Scholarship.