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USC's Diana Lin receives Fulbright grant for study in China

The dual major (communication studies, English) grad is headed to Shanghai for 2007-2008.

April 26, 2007

Fulbright Grants are awarded for one year of study and / or research in more than 140 countries. While excellence in the field of study and a strong academic record are preconditions for this fellowship, candidates must also display knowledge of the target country's language(s), culture, and history and seem likely to be good ambassadors.

During her Fulbright year in China, Diana Lin will enroll in Shanghai’s Fudan University, and will conduct research concerning the evolution of modern written Chinese language on the past fifty years. She intends to examine the effects of these language changes within the nation, and how they are leading to issues of identity for ethnic Chinese living in other nations.  Diana’s future plans include graduate study in International Relations or Global Business

In 2006-2007 two USC students received Fulbright Grants to underwrite study in Kaitlin SolimineChina. Kaitlin Solimine was pursuing the Master of Arts degree in East Asian Area Studies. During her junior year of high school, Kaitlin participated in a semester of study in China.  Then, as an undergraduate at Harvard University, she was awarded a research grant for study of International Relations at Beijing University.  For her Fulbright, Kaitlin returned to China to undertake an ambitious creative writing project using the literary form of creative non-fiction and anthropological life history as tools for investigating differences between Chinese and Western culture, as well as China’s history over the past half-century.

Amanda Weiss earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 and then headed to China. She had pursued a double major in East Asian Studies and Film Amanda WeissProduction. A Mortar Board inductee and Thematic Option honors program participant at USC, Amanda received a USC Freeman Fellowship to spend the summer of 2004 in Taipei, Taiwan. As a Fulbright scholar, Amanda traveled to China to perform a comparative study of portrayal of women in Chinese cinema. This project, conducted at the Beijing Film Academy, focused on the work of several leading contemporary male and female directors in China.