My journey with China began in 2009 when I first started studying Mandarin, thanks to my mom encouraging me to learn the language. As a ten-year-old, I had no idea what opportunities would come my way through my Chinese studies.
When I joined NABEA less than two years ago, I was a senior in undergrad with only a strong interest in nuclear policy and a bit of Mandarin—though no direct experience in China—under my belt. I couldn’t anticipate then, where
“We created the CLG to provide a space where these Black China professionals could both maintain and improve their Chinese”
The Black girl that speaks Chinese. That was the way people identified me in my small, predominantly-white college in Connecticut. At first, it really bothered me because what did race have to do with my intellectual ability? Nothing. Little did
All views expressed are Obio’s and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of State. My introduction to formal Mandarin language learning was during my first days as a college freshman in 2000. My Chinese professor founded the