Seven Whitman Graduates Embark for Year of Teaching in China

In keeping with a 35-year tradition, seven Whitman graduates departed last month for yearlong positions teaching English at Chinese universities through the Whitman in China program.

Sam Jacobson ’17, Politics-Environmental Science major and Taylor Carlson ’17 Politics major will be teaching at Yunnan University in Kunming, Yunnan Province.

Anna Melville ’17, Psychology major and Philip Stefani '17 Art History and Visual Culture Studies major will be working as teaching interns at Shantou University in Shantou, Guangdong Province.

Sebastian Duchene ’17, Biology major, Nadir Ovcina ’17, History & Philosophy major, and Henry Allen, ’15, Philosophy major will be teaching at the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province.

Founded by David Deal, Professor of History, in 1982 the aim of the program is to promote understanding between the people of China and the people of the United States.  Throughout the years over 200 Whitman alumni have participated in the program and many went on to pursue careers in business or journalism in China or have become academics in China-related fields.

As part of the Whitman in China (WIC) exchange program, He Haoming, a Biotechnology major from Shantou University, is a visiting student this fall semester and lives in Lyman Hall.  In addition, Yunnan University Instructor Li Chengwan “Andy” is serving as the Chinese Language Assistant at Whitman for the 2017-18 academic year and lives in the Asian Studies House.

Whitman in China gave me everything I was looking for in a post-graduation opportunity: the chance to spend a year living in China, a work experience that developed my teaching and interpersonal skills, and ample opportunity to travel and self-reflect. I made so many great connections here and had unforgettable experiences that I hope will prove valuable to me long after I leave China. – Emily Lin-Jones ’15, WIC Teacher at NPU in Xi’an